Springtime is always difficult for students whether they attend at a traditional campus or an are in a Distance Learning program. The urge to give in to spring fever is right there. Sunny days beckon and travel plans or just outdoor activities around home can be a strong pull. Distance learning and other school may have a typical spring break period but even if not, every minute not spent in real-time course activities is temptation. How can you use your spring fever to recharge without derailing your school plans?
If you are still a High School student and just preparing for college as soon as you graduate, this is particularly tough. You may be excited about college, but you also feel that freedom from school days so close. Your friends may be taking spring vacations or just catching a warm day to tan! This is also a critical time for most seniors in High School. Acceptance letters from colleges may have arrived or be about to arrive. If your grades drop at such a crucial point, it can affect your potential acceptance or financial aid options, so it’s best to keep that in mind even if you take some downtime.
If you are enrolled in a current e-learning program, this time of the year may remind you that some of your exams are close, papers may be due and the pressure of all of it might be catching up with you. If you are behind in an area or two or aren’t doing well in a course, it can make you feel like you desperately need a break but can’t take one. There are solutions for all students feeling the change of seasons.
It doesn’t matter if you are a high school senior or a senior at your distance learning university since all students can feel these pressures. Consider some strategies you can utilize to make the most of your time and still get a little rest. Spend some time thinking about what kind of activities put you in a good mood. Sunshine is important, and those of us that spend a lot of time at a desk can actually feel a form of depression or experience drops in vitamin D and just feel under the weather. If you can think of something you like to do outside that also cheers you up, go ahead and make a plan for it, but just be moderate. If you are caught up on your classes and your grades are good, make a plan to get out and have a good time. If you are the party type, a little partying isn’t going to hurt, but take care about overdoing the time in the sun or excessive alcohol consumption since both can leave you dehydrated and feeling worse instead of better. If you do need some catch up time for school, still plan some time outside or a party, but just make it a day or two instead of all of whatever break you may have.
You might be able to utilize some time off to work with a tutor for a few hours if you are weak in a particular subject. Studying up for entrance exams for a day or two is great for the high school student wanting to get ahead. If you are in a distance learning program, take a little time to review the course plan or syllabus and make sure you are on track. You may realize you are in better shape than you thought, or you may notice a deadline that is coming up fast. You can plan for the best approach to get things done before you return for the rest of your spring coursework. You want to return rested and recharged, but also not feeling as much pressure as you might have before your mental spring cleaning!