Ways to Cure The Third Quarter Slump

Lindsay Reyes, Editor and Chief

If there’s one thing the student body can agree on, it’s the fact that third quarter is one of the hardest, slowest quarters. It’s already been half of the school year, the novelty of learning has worn off, and there’s still another quarter to go. But don’t lose hope! The third quarter slump isn’t an incurable disease. Here are some ways to breeze into fourth quarter:


  1. Make goals.

Write them down, create reminders, or simply remember them. By making goals, it allows you to always have something you’re striving for. When you’re focused on the goal, everything else fades into the background. You’ll blink, and it will be graduation already. It doesn’t matter how big or small the goal is. Whether it’s simply to wake up to your first alarm or to stop buying chips from the vending machine every day, every goal is a step further towards fourth quarter.


  1. Breathe.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the many stresses of school life, but it’s even easier to just take a couple steps back, and breathe. Remember to take time to yourself. After all, you’re the one who has to suffer through school every day. Take a hot bath, light some candles, eat that whole tub of ice cream; you deserve it. Or, if that’s not your style, consider sleeping in an extra hour on Saturday, or go for an early morning jog.


  1. Stay on top of your work.

It’s obvious, but the best way to keep from drowning in homework is to simply finish it as soon as the teacher assigns it to you. However, this is one of the hardest things for students to do. You’re just going to watch a couple of Youtube videos before getting started, and maybe a few episodes of that Netflix show you were meaning to start. Then you decide to start scrolling through Instagram, and a few minutes turns into a few hours. By then it’s dark outside, and it’s too late to do homework anyway, so you might as well go to sleep. Instead of procrastinating all of your Mathxl homework until the night it’s due, finish it in class the day it’s assigned. A simple concept, but also a difficult one. Challenge yourself to complete your homework before you turn to social media, and you’ll find that third quarter will be a whole lot easier.


Finally, the most important thing to remember that you’ve already made it this far, so a few more months is no sweat. You can do it!