That is quite the list! I am a senior in college and I still get stressed and overwhelmed with it all. How I deal with it is breaking it down into smaller tasks. I do not list it. I just work on one thing at a time. The thing that is the first due. If that is not ideal, I sometimes see if I can multitask. For example, I need to read a memoir and write a paper by Dec 1st. I haven't even started. Tomorrow I plan on reading on elliptical. I have studied for my tests while working out too. I make flash cards. As for the history book, you could carry it around with you and read it while waiting for your other classes start. It really starts to add up quickly.
If I was you, I'd try this. -Read the book while working out (not sure if that'd work for you) -Focus on the speech and composition homework this weekend. -Once you get that done, try to read that half of a chapter of history. As for the last chapter, could you squeeze that in by doing ten minutes before bed or class? -I would tackle the paper as soon as possible even through you do not have all reading done. You can always go back and add in what you learn in the next chapter or so. Papers can be overwhelming, in themselves. Could you try just writing the introduction or doing an outline?
For me, when stress piles on like this, I get really crazy if I don't sleep enough. I don't need a lot of sleep, but still. So I promise myself that I will not sleep less than 4 hours a night, and I won't do it 2 nights in a row, and then I get to studying. When I go to bed, I know I did everything I could, so no use thinking about school anymore - and then just RELAX!
Also, between studying... It is useful for me to alternate stretch breaks (helps with muscle cramps from sitting in one position for too long) with bursts of cardio (like 100 jumping jacks etc - to get my blood flowing). Might want to try it.
And lastly, to keep myself motivated, I schedule at least 1 social per week (usually on a Friday night). If I did not stick to my academic resolutions (ie scheduled productive study times), I don't go (I punish myself). But, even if I did not reach my goals of completion of certain projects/ chapters, I force myself to go out with friends (often for sports or just board games), at least 2 consecutive hours, once a week, as reward for trying (and don't talk "shop" while you're out!). It sounds strange, but it helps to balance me emotionally & psychologically, in so many ways. I highly recommend it!
I wish you all the best with this crazy time of year!
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Now, this is my first semester in college, and it is going relatively well. When I was in High School I was in the Theatre program, and so I was used to hell week once a semester, and yes I would have a break down since my teachers always seemed to give homework that week, and we got excused from classes on day that week for an inschool. But anyways, I would have emotional breakdowns.
But now I have my first college breakdown. Basically, I am the only one working on a group project due tomorrow (that is now finished). I have a book report (1300-1500 words) due in about 2.5 weeks, but I will not be home the weekend before it is due and I have not started the book. I am 1.5 chapters behind in History, and I have a paper due in 8 days, a speech on tuesday and a comp paper on tuesday, along with an annotated bibliography due on november 3. I know I need to buckle down, but I freak out if I know I have too much on my plate.
Is there anything you guys can suggest other than take things one at a time or one day at a time.
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