Exams with Ease

Final exams week is infamously known at colleges all around the world to be a stressful time. Professors can expect their students to retain all the information from the semester and apply it during one exam, which is also often a majority of the grade. All of the exams for the courses are periodically spread throughout the week, which may make many students panic that they will not have enough time to prepare. However, with proper planning and healthy habits against cramming, students can ensure a high grade without too much stress!

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The first and most important tip is to plan ahead. Over time, students can find themselves procrastinating more and more when it comes to studying. This can be because in the face of such a huge task, people can get easily overwhelmed and will choose to not complete the task entirely. However, remember that the earlier you start, the less you will have to stress and cram. Divide your chapters or modules by the number of days you have left, and dedicate a specified hour everyday for that class. Remember to review previous information with each time you study to test your brain on your memorization skills and retain more information.

Another way to prepare for final exams is to use online resources such as Quizlet or other course materials your professor has provided for you. By taking practice tests that have to do with your course, you will be able to evaluate how you might apply the class material you have learned into ways that your professor is most likely going to test you. This way, you will be able to train your brain in a way that will be most beneficial for the exam.

If you have been cramming already and are reading this article by the time you think it is “too late”, do not worry! There is a lot more you can do to make up for lost time. For starters, make an outline of all the objectives you have learned this semester. Highlight the ones you are not completely confident in, and start by studying those sections. If you have time left over by the time final exams come by, go back to the other objectives you were more confident in and make sure you know everything about that subject!

Studying repetitive information for a long time can cause your brain to burn out by the end. That is why giving yourself rewards and practicing self care is important! Treat yourself for finishing a particularly difficult module, or put on a face mask while reviewing your notes. By feeling good about yourself and practicing wellness, you can ensure that your mind stays in a positive, sane state instead of progressively putting more and more stress on yourself. For most students, it is their own self that puts the most pressure on them than the exam does. Trust yourself that you will be able to do well, and that you in the future will know exactly everything you need by the time exams come around!

The night before an exam, the most important thing is to get at least eight hours of sleep, not cram and pull an all-nighter. Your sleep is much more important in making sure your mind is prepared in the morning, than the little tidbits of information you will fit in at that time, so be sure you do everything you can to prevent yourself from becoming so far behind that you feel the need to stay up all night. Drink lots of water and in the morning, make yourself a healthy breakfast. Try to refrain from consuming any caffeine and if possible, get some yoga or meditative exercises in!

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During the exam, remember to keep your cool and do not stress over the questions. Skip any questions that you will have to think longer than a minute, and come back to them later at the end of the test. Be sure to take occasional water breaks and keep your hands from cramping up. A big part of the exam is being confident that you know the material, so finish the exam with an expectation that you grade will come out much better than you might think!

After the exam, it is normal for one to question him or herself and progressively feel unconfident in their answers. To make sure you do not spiral into a state of confusion and anxiety, remember that stressing over the past will not change anything! By prioritizing your time, practicing successful study methods, and taking each exam one by one, you can rest assured the grade will take care of itself. Remember to reward yourself after your exams; it is finally time for a well-deserved break, so don’t start it off stressing too much about how you did! I believe in you CWIB! Good luck on all your finals!

By: Gyu Ri Kim

 

Tips for Landing that Internship!

I know we’ve all been there, stressing about what internship to apply for or where to even start in obtaining one. It’s best to be proactive in your search as many applications for the spring and summer positions are currently being accepted. In this article I’m going to provide you with some great tricks and tips on how to secure that desired internship.

Step 1: Preparation

First and foremost, preparation is key. The first step in being prepared is having a straightforward resume that highlights your achievements and accomplishments. (And freshman, don’t be worried if you still have items listed from high school! Most recruiters take your age into consideration and value your commitment to positions held prior to college). Another major factor in preparation is your appearance. I know that may sound a little odd, but you always want to make sure that you are dressed in an appropriate manner, whether that be business professional or business casual. Along with these two steps in preparation, knowing what you want is vital. If you know what type of internship you want and have a direction to go in, it is much easier navigating Handshake, LinkedIn and other job networking platforms that lead to internships. Research is also an integral aspect of preparation and allows you to be exponentially more confident when talking to recruiters and networking at events. It is impressive to show a little background information on the companies that are interviewing you!

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Step 2: Research and Networking

Speaking of research to learn about companies, along with this preparation comes networking. Luckily, Virginia Tech has abundant resources to help you get your foot in the door with events such as Business Horizons (in both the fall and spring!), Careers in Science, the Spring Civil Engineering Fair, and so many others. Before attending these events, it is important to do your research! Look at the list of companies that will be attending your career fair and highlight the ones that you are interested in and know are taking interns for your specific major. After doing so, make sure to research each company so you feel confident in talking to any recruiter you may network with.  I know that networking can seem like a daunting task, but most recruiters are Hokie alumni and would love to reminisce about their time at Virginia Tech. Once commonalities are established between you and the networker, highlight your interests and how they align with their company. I also recommend connecting with the recruiters you meet with on LinkedIn, and possibly follow up with an email expressing your interest in their programs and internships. On a side note, a lot of companies offer externships which are a great avenue towards getting a summer internship.

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  • Important note! Networking can happen anywhere at all times. Always be talking to your friends and classmates because you never know when an opportunity will arise, simply through word of mouth! Your professors are also incredible resources as many of them have experience in the field that you are interested and may even guide you in the right direction for internships and other opportunities. Don’t hesitate to reach out! There is never any harm in trying.

Step 3: Mock Interviews 

After going through the process of researching, networking, attending events, and following through with the companies you talk to, hopefully an invitation for an interview will come your way. For interviews, it is important to feel confident in yourself so the hiring manager sees your interest in the internship. Most interviews nowadays are behavioral and you should answer these questions with the STAR approach. The STAR approach stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result. In order to feel comfortable answering these types of questions I highly recommend researching STAR behavioral questions and jotting down a couple of scenarios that fit the top 10-20 questions. I have also found that asking a friend to do a mock interview with you is extremely beneficial so that you can work through the kinks in your answers. Make sure to find someone who won’t be afraid to provide you with constructive criticism! This will help you in the long run.

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Step 4: BE CONFIDENT

I know, easier said than done. And, confidence in these skills comes with practice. However, I know that each one of you are strong, tenacious women who can have a meaningful impact in the industry that you choose to go into. Our CWIB women will always be here to provide you with encouragement and support! Work hard and believe in yourself; the rest will come.

By: Paige Horn 

 

Putting off Procrastination

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What is the Problem?

Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. Putting off work is a common past-time of students and professionals alike, with few being able to say they have never avoiding doing a certain task. The American Psychological Association claims that 80% to 95% of college students in particular admitted to procrastinating on their schoolwork (Karr). The cause of this staggering statistic: “fear of failure” (Karr). Students are not the only culprits. 95% of adults admitted to putting off work, according to the author of The Procrastination Equation, Piers Steel. There are a variety of systemic causes related specifically to workplace procrastination, including not feeling engaged in the workplace, to which 30% of workers worldwide relate, as well as not liking their job, to which 48% of workers worldwide relate (Vaughn-Furlow). These rates of employee disengagement are often caused by perceived job insecurity, lack of reward or incentive for hard work, lack of challenging tasks, and poor leadership from managers and supervisors (Vaughn-Furlow).

These factors seem to be primarily external, but we also experience internal drivers to procrastinate. We can enable ourselves to put off that important or urgent task because we are bored, we feel inconvenienced by the task, we feel stressed or overwhelmed when trying to complete the task due to it being difficult or unpleasant, or we experience a lack of self-discipline because we find the task to not be intrinsically rewarding (Bailey). These factors may apply more to students, but certainly are felt by many graduates. Whatever the cause may be, habitual procrastination inhibits productivity and can end up wasting our time, as well as that of our coworkers and classmates.

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Do I Procrastinate?

While most people have purposefully delayed their work at some point in their lives, it is always helpful to gauge our personal tendency towards procrastination. What may come to mind when thinking about procrastinating behaviors are common activities, such as scrolling through Instagram or watching one YouTube video after another. These are certainly activities that can help us endlessly put off work, but there are some latent behaviors that contribute more to chronic procrastination. Some examples would be (Vaughn-Furlow):

  1. Making unrealistic or unattainable plans
  2. Promising more than what is realistic
  3. Not planning at all for work, events, activities, etc.
  4. Not following through with promises
  5. Responding slowly to a demand or request on purpose
  6. Putting work off because we believe we can work better under pressure

*The assumption behind this last behavior is often untrue or exaggerated

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Overcoming Procrastination

The first step towards addressing our procrastinating behaviors is to be aware that we procrastinate. Understanding our own behavioral patterns and what motivated us to procrastinate can help us personalize our response to each behavior (Vaughn-Furlow). There are some common behaviors that can be mitigated with proven strategies, the most prevalent being to set small goals, or work in smaller time intervals, in order to make the task seem less intimidating (Bailey). On a similar note, finding our “resistance level” in regards to how much work we can do before we resist completing the task, is a unique way to help us work smarter. One way to do this is to start with an increment of time, let’s say one hour, then work in increasingly smaller increments of time until one is found in which doing work is not difficult or delayed (Bailey). Addressing our lifestyle can also fix more deeply-rooted problems that lead to procrastinating. Evaluating the balance between work and home life to create a more equal relationship between the two can relieve underlying stress and anxiety that cause us to look for distractions and avoid work (Karr).

Finding internal motivation is key, so making typically onerous tasks feel more rewarding is an effective strategy for almost any task (Bailey). Setting goals or providing yourself with small treats are two ways to approach this strategy. One of the easiest ways to beat procrastination is to at least start a task (Vaughn-Furlow). Studies have shown that we are less likely to forget about a task we have left incomplete, and that we are more likely to come back and want to work on it later. For external factors of procrastination, getting rid of distractions is crucial (Bailey). There are a variety of ways this can be accomplished, in order to better focus on the task to be done. Installing an app on our phones or a program on our computers that can lock us out of specific apps and websites for a certain amount of time are helpful for those who tend to endlessly scroll on social media or habitually shop online. We can also work alone, if noise, chatter, and other people tend to be distractions.

Sometimes mental clutter can be a source of distraction, so try to schedule non-negotiable time to work on a certain task and work on prioritizing what needs to be done (Vaughn-Furlow). Using a physical planner or journal can be beneficial if we tend to like using pen and paper, but digital calendars and planners can work as well. These tools can help lay out what we need to do in a visual format, which can aid with memory and motivation. Lastly, avoid perfectionism. While procrastinating may seem to oppose perfectionism, the two are actually related. We can be more likely to give up or not even start a task if completing the task seems intimidating (Vaughn-Furlow). Looking at tasks realistically and being more accepting of our best efforts are not only good for beating procrastination, but can also help with long-term improvement of our emotional wellbeing.

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Summary

Minimizing procrastination starts with being aware of the problem and being willing to address it. The best way to work against procrastination is to prevent ourselves from feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by a task. We can accomplish this by breaking the task down into segments, either by amount completed or time spent working, making tasks more enjoyable, making standards for completing tasks lower, and by motivating ourselves to start a given task. At the end of the day, procrastination is an internal problem, although motivated by external contributors, and it is only solved when we agree to take control of our attitude and approach to work. Changing a habit is hard, but it only requires a little motivation and a positive mindset.

By: Lauren Miles 

 

Mastering the Handshake

The handshake is not a new movement, in fact its beginnings date back thousands of years. Historians believe that the gesture began as a way of conveying peaceful intentions, that by extending their empty right hands strangers could show each other they did not hold any weapons and intended no harm. Although the handshake has evolved over time, it eventually became a part of commonplace etiquette and a sign of courtesy and friendliness.

However, there is so much more that goes into a handshake. The handshake is a first impression, it can be a make or break in a job interview, and it may influence whether you strike a big deal or not. The handshake can play a part in many different business decisions, which may sound silly, however a great handshake makes you appear confident, professional, and more trustworthy. A handshake is a personal connection between two people; it displays mutual respect. Even when it is impersonal, a great handshake can help convey your personality and intentions towards the other person. When is the appropriate time to shake someone’s hand? When being introduced to someone, when saying goodbye to someone, at the beginning or end of a business meeting or interview, and whenever deemed appropriate within a business context, such as sealing a deal.

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There are a few guidelines to remember in order to have an unforgettable handshake. First things first, you have to be ready for it! Make sure your right hand is free. Move anything out of your right hand well before you know you’re about to give a handshake, that way you’re not awkwardly fumbling your items around. If you’re sitting down, rise before shaking someone’s hand. Have your hands out in the open rather than in your pockets – you will look more confident and trustworthy. Then, extend your right hand straight out. Don’t have your palm facing either up or down; the palm should meet with the palm of the other person. Next, you will take the other person’s hand in a firm, but not knuckle crushing, clasp making sure the web between your thumb and fingers meets the web of the other person’s hand. While keeping your hand parallel to the ground, pump your hand up and down about two or three times.

In a job interview, the handshake is crucial. Don’t spend a lot of time stressing about it beforehand, however you should always prepare. Sweaty hands can be common before a big interview as we all get nervous! However, make sure to wash, dry or wipe off sweaty hands right before your interview. One tip to impress the recruiter or interviewer is to be the first to reach out, this shows great confidence. If you follow the handshake tips as mentioned, your interviewer will be impressed with you before you’ve even said anything!

Although a handshake may sound like a simple action, it is actually not that hard to do it wrong. Let’s go into some things to avoid. First, the limp shake is a big no. This gives off the impression you’re shy or lack confidence. Try to follow the tips mentioned above and, when in doubt, just mirror the other person’s grip. There is also a “knuckle crusher” handshake that is the opposite of a limp handshake, but must be avoided as well. Again, use moderate pressure so that the handshake is firm but not hurting the other person’s hand. Another mistake people make is shaking hands for too long. Try to stick to about 2 or 3 pumps in order to avoid an awkwardly long greeting. Lastly, steer clear from the “politicians’ handshake”. This is when you’re shaking someone’s hand and then place your left hand on top. This kind of handshake is to be avoided unless it is a more personal greeting.

Don’t forget about your body language! Stand up tall as if there is a string pulling you to the ceiling and face the person directly, rather than a side stance. Make sure to speak clearly and confidently to block out any nerves you may be feeling internally. Don’t fidget, as this can be distracting to the other person and they may perceive you as nervous or shy. Lastly, as you break away from the handshake do not look down. Looking down after a handshake will also make you appear shy, nervous, or untrustworthy. Most importantly, use plenty of eye contact, this will exert your confidence in the situation.

 

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As members of Collegiate Women in Business we are lucky to have many opportunities to practice our handshakes. Whether it’s at coffee chats, monthly meetings, networking opportunities, or treks, we have plenty of time to perfect the handshake with fellow members, sponsors, and professionals before it comes time for the first big job interview and beyond. Remember, the handshake is a seemingly simple formality, however it is an opportunity to make a lasting impression, Keep these guidelines in mind and you’ll be shaking hands like a pro in no time!

By: Lindsay Barnes 

 

Charlotte Trek Recap

This past week, on November 14th-15th, some of our members had the opportunity to go on one of our treks to Charlotte, North Carolina. During their time in Charlotte, the attendees visited Apex Systems, Duke Energy and LendingTree. Apex systems is an IT staffing and workforce solutions firm whose mission is to, “bring clients the best digital and data transformation services.” Duke Energy is an electric power holding company that is dedicated to sustainable energy. The culture at Duke energy is inclusive and committed to transparency, honesty and integrity. Lastly, LendingTree is an online marketplace that connects borrowers and lenders so that people can find the best deals on loans, credit cards, deposit accounts, insurance and more. LendingTree guarantees excellent customer service and wants to empower its clients to feel confident in their financial choices through education, support and guidance. CWIB members were eager to learn from all three of these powerful companies.

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Trek attendees at Apex Systems

In addition to visiting influential companies and networking with prominent business people, members also had the chance to create closer bonds with other women in CWIB. I reached out to some of the attendees about their favorite memories from the trek. All of the members who participated in the trek mentioned how much they loved getting to know the other members in CWIB and highlighted how they would not have been able to make these tighter bonds without this trek.

Rania recalled, “sitting in the lobby telling scary stories from people who have studied abroad, as we waited for our rooms.” Izzy also mentioned her respect for the upperclassmen in CWIB, and because of the bonds she has made on this trek is much more inclined to reach out to them for insight they may have regarding school, internships, and life after college. Paige echoed what other members said, stating that her favorite memories of the trek were “the van rides and all hanging out in our hotel room. It felt like a sleepover. I feel like it’s a great way to meet your fellow members and make new friends.”

Along with emphasizing the importance of creating meaningful relationships within our organization, participants also emphasized the networking aspect of the trek. As many are aware, networking can be a highly intimidating task, and for many students networking events are anxiously awaited. Many professionals consider networking to be one of the most important skills in business and as such, students and prospective employees need to be confident when speaking to recruiters. During the trek, members of CWIB were able to experience networking firsthand and were able to relieve some of the stress relating to meeting important businesspeople.

Izzy learned that a crucial part of networking is being prepared as she observed that “not everyone is as professional and intimidating as they appear, most of the time they’re just prepared.” Rania highlighted that networking can happen at any time, whether it be at an airport, at the grocery store, or during happy hours after work.

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The companies at the trek were very welcoming to our CWIB members!

I also asked the attendees about their biggest takeaway of the trek. Many of the members stated that they feel much more confident in the path that they are pursuing, as they are part of such an amazing organization that helps them take the right steps to set them up for success in the future. Izzy highlighted that going on this trek allowed her to take a step back and be able to “visualize my end goals and give me reassurance that I’m doing the right things as a freshman.” In addition to this, Rania expressed that many of her fears about the business world were resolved during this trek:

“All those things I worried about, before, diminished a significant amount as a result of all the tips and diverse advice we got from various employers at each company we visited. I felt like at each company I gained more confidence and it facilitated my ability to communicate with business professionals. It was truly empowering to see how successful women can become in the business world. Lastly, I felt more confident in regards to finding the right place after graduation.”

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CWIB members awaiting their company visit at Duke Energy.

After conducting these interviews, I realized how abundantly clear it is that treks are a great experience; all members who participate gain invaluable advice and insight. With Charlotte being a major city, home to companies that hire Virginia Tech graduates, attendees knew this experience wasn’t one to miss out on. I highly encourage all members to apply to future treks in order to meet and connect with other empowered and influential business women! Keep an eye out for the places CWIB will be going in the spring!

By: Paige Horn

 

Women Empowering Women

Many times, we are put in situations where it seems that we are each other’s competition, when in most cases, we are not, and we shouldn’t feel like we are. Instead, we need to be supportive of one another because I believe when women support other women we can truly feel empowered. As young women, it can sometimes be intimidating majoring in a field that is predominately male. It seems that most business majors are male, especially at Virginia Tech. I can speak from experience because in most of my classes, there always seem to be more men than women, and sometimes, that can be intimidating, even though it shouldn’t have to be. That is why it is important to be supportive of the women in your lives. CWIB does an amazing job in presenting material to its members in a way in which the organization makes everyone feel motivated and excited about their potential as young women in the business world. There are several reasons why women should empower other women as this brings about benefits for us all.

empowerpic1One reason ties into the point made earlier about being in a great organization like CWIB. It is incredibly important to have a network of women and only women. As Victoria Pynchon explains in her article Why Women Need Women-Only Networks, she discusses how crucial it is to have a judge-free zone. As women, we are judged more often than not, and the ability to have a “room of our own” is essential to get rid of the uncertainty many women feel when they walk into a room. Many times, women feel like they are taking up space in which they do not belong, so by having, in a sense a “safe space”, women will feel more comfortable and feel like they fit in, which could translate into being more productive in their work (Pynchon). Most of us do not have full time jobs right now, so this may not pertain to you currently, but think about the close girlfriends you have right now in classes, clubs, and internships — those are networks for you to take advantage of!  College, as we all know, can be stressful and daunting at times, so it is crucial to have that cushion of support that you can rely on during arduous times. It always comforts me knowing I have many girlfriends that I can go to for advice, or receive comfort from whenever I’m stressed, worried, or anxious. CWIB is one of those supportive networks toempowerpic2 be apart of as young, aspiring professional women because it is a place where its members can grow in confidence while networking with other young women in a safe environment. I always feel inspired after the meetings presented by the club and through networking with members; inspiration is a huge part of empowerment. This is where your empowerment can start, with your group of friends!

Research shows that women who support other women are more successful in the workplace. The Harvard Business Review found that women with a network of only women were more likely to get promoted to executive positions, whereas on the other side, there was no correlation found between close-knit networks among men (Zalis). Zalis explains how women who strive to climb the ladder of leadership often face more struggles and obstacles than their male coworkers. One way to deal with these obstacles is to develop close connections with the women in your workplace who have been in the position that you are in right now (Zalis).

Overall, we should strive to encourage and support each other because everyone needs a support system. Make yourself that person who gives someone the support she needs for the day. Everyone has bad days, and now with our last midterm exams coming up and finals looming over our heads, it seems that we are preparing for the inundation of the empowerpic3work that is to come. So, we might have more stressful days than usual. I encourage all of us as CWIB members to be that person who empowers another, because who knows, you might have just made someone’s day. By complimenting someone’s outfit or make-up, or by congratulating someone about an internship she just accepted, however big or small the encouragements are, they make a difference and mean more to someone than you might realize. These small acts of empowerment are the driving force which distinguish great women. So today, go out of your way and compliment or congratulate a fellow woman. These are all ways of empowering other women; you may have just given her a small enough amount of motivation to finish that application for her dream internship or to keep studying for an exam coming up.

There are many reasons and benefits as to why we should find ways to empower our friends and colleagues. Luckily for us, we are a part of an influential university, Virginia Tech, that in many ways prepares us to become successful business leaders one day. So, from creating a “room of our own” for a judgement-free zone, to having the capability to become more successful due to close-knit networks among women, empowerment amongst women is an essential component of our lives as young women. I will leave you with this quote from Zalis’ article:  “…a woman alone has power; collectively we have impact.”

By: Ashley Mattson

Distancing Distractions

We all suffer from distractions. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that we know what is distracting us. It is our phones, social media, friends peer pressuring us to get ice cream at midnight, the urge to re-watch Friends before they take it off Netflix, a social event you opted out of, then went to anyway because you are only in college once, right?

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Here are some solutions that will help keep you motivated and actually complete your work so that, hopefully, you are in college only once and not longer than your bank account, or poor grades, allow.

Try out a Diffuser

You have probably heard about essential oils and their natural benefits. A diffuser is similar to  a mini humidifier and is great for clearing the air and scenting a room. If certain scents help clear your mind and ease your stress, take this tip into consideration. Here’s a list of basic oils to diffuse to help you focus throughout the week:

  • Lavender: calms (good for sleep), makes a room smell great
  • Peppermint: boosts energy and increases focus (helpful to wake you up)
  • Lemon: clears the air and relaxes

Use the Pomodoro Studying Technique 

The Pomodoro Technique is a method of productivity that involves about 25 minutes of work followed by a short break. There are YouTube videos about two hours long you can “study along” with or use your own timer. This may not be for everyone, but it for sure helps me when I am struggling to get in the zone or do not know where to start on work. The technique helps jumpstart something, which sometimes is all you need. This method is also effective when you have several chapters of material to study for. It is quite difficult to review so much in one sitting, so break up the work!

Track your Sleep

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A huge distraction to college students is the urge to sleep. Whether due to lack of sleep or simply that a nap sounds better than writing a paper, sleep can sneak in a steal time away from you. However, if you know why you want to sleep, you can adjust your schedule accordingly. Prioritize what you need to get done at certain times so that a nap can fit into your schedule. Plan to wake up earlier to finish homework that way you can fall asleep at a reasonable time the next night. Something that works for me is using my smartwatch to track my sleep; I highly recommend this if you have one. The Sleep Cycle app also does a great job and is an easy download to your smartphone. What sleep tracking does for you is lets you know why you feel tired. If you lacked quality sleep last night, a thirty minute nap may be beneficial to your productivity. If you slept well last night, maybe coffee would be more effective for you to get work done, rather than sneaking in an extra nap.

Space out the Coffee

Speaking of coffee, it is more or less every college student’s best friend. When you drink coffee (or any caffeine) can have a significant impact on when the stimulant kicks in. If you feel well rested in the morning, I would suggest holding off on the coffee until the afternoon to avoid a midday slump. If you start to feel tired throughout the day, think about when you need the most energy. For example, if you have class soon but need to write a paper right after, caffeine would probably be best after class when you need to focus more. Try to plan ahead like this instead of reaching for caffeine every time you feel slightly tired. Grabbing coffee could also be a time to get together with friends, rather than feeling pressured to spend time with them right before a big project is due. However, too much caffeine could have negative effects on your health such as headaches or troubling sleeping that night, both which distract you from work or rest.

Invest in Blue Light Glasses 

They are cute, fun, and will save your eyes. As college students, we stare at computer screens often. Blue light glasses help to reduce the strain on your eyes and increase the amount of time you can look at a screen. If you constantly feel the need to get off the computer due to headaches, clearly not much work is being completed. A piece of advice I have is to keep these glasses on whenever doing online school work, rather than just mindlessly scrolling social media. This way, you are motivated to complete assignments when the glasses are on, and know you can relax when you take them off. Not to mention, the glasses are super trendy and can be worn in everyday life. Amazon has cheap ones, as well as more expensive brands like Warby Parker. Prescription glasses can also be made with blue light protection. Check these out if staring at screens all the time distracts you from getting your work done.

Compartmentalize your Digital Life

What is worse than pulling an all-nighter? Pulling an all-nighter when next to your Google docs tab is your Netflix tab where you have an unfinished episode of The Office sitting. If it makes sense for you, keep two accounts on your computer- one for school and one for everything else. That way when you sign into one, you are not distracted by the other. Additionally, only keep certain tabs visible when you are doing work. You can make the Netflix tab its own window and minimize it so it’s out of sight, but is accessible later.

Productive Breaks

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While breaks are necessary, you want to make sure you are utilizing this time wisely. Clean up your desk in between study sessions, do your dishes, or workout. Breaks are much needed for your academic success as no one can be expected to constantly work on class material. Productive breaks help to keep an active mindset and are more conducive to studying than scrolling through Instagram. You still keep your mind and body engaged, but in other methods than studying. After these breaks, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the next assignment. By the end of the day, you will feel great about what you accomplished in multiple areas of your life.

Of course, there are several more ways to distance distractions such as putting your phone in another room or listening to study playlists, but I hope these tips will give you practical ideas to help your productivity in ways you might not have thought of before. And yes, this is also your reminder to binge watch Friends over break because it will be taken off Netflix at the end of this year.

By: Grace Farmelo