Tag: stress

Surviving Finals Week: Keeping Focused, and Letting Loose

The writing process is a strange thing. What do you think of when you hear “the writing process?”

Maybe something like Prewriting -> Writing -> Revision?  How about First draft -> Revision -> Final draft? Or maybe you think about it in terms of steps. Like, you do research, then outlining, then writing, then adding citations?

These are all fine. The important thing is knowing what kind of process works for you. But equally important, and rarely considered, are the parts of the writing process that actually have nothing to do with you writing something. Have you ever been stumped on a project or idea of some kind, and then BAM! An idea comes to you at the most random time? Like, just before you go to bed, or while you’re out with friends, or upon your first mouthful of mac and cheese?

OmNomN… I just thought of something AMAZING!

That’s because your brain never really shuts off from the things you need it to do. The temptation, especially as finals week approaches, is to force yourself to sit down and make work come out of you. But sometimes, just plain and simply, you just cannot focus. For whatever reason, it’s the wrong time to be doing this. Forcing yourself to work late into the night might seem like you’re being diligent, but it might not actually help you get things done.

Sometimes, you have to know when to take some time. If you’re sitting there, staring at a blank screen, and nothing is coming out of your head, staring at it longer probably won’t help. What might help is giving yourself a break. Play a game. Call a friend. Get some food. Chill on Facebook. Watch an episode or two of Breaking Bad. Whatever you want. Continue reading “Surviving Finals Week: Keeping Focused, and Letting Loose”

Ugly Sweater Week!

Person wearing a light blue sweatshirt with an overwhelming snow scene.During finals week, December 9th – 14th, all consultants and clients are invited to have a laugh and wear their ugliest sweaters!

At the end of the week PRIZES will be given for:

  • Best DIY Sweater
  • Best Animal Sweater
  • Loudest Sweater
  • Scariest Sweater
  • Most Unique Sweater
  • Best School Spirit Sweater
  • People’s Choice Sweater

Take a break from studying and check out our Facebook page to cast your votes!

Image by Brian Walsh
Slider image by The Ugly Sweater Shop

The Consultant Diaries

pic of Corrine V.The end of the semester is getting closer and everyone is getting more and more stressed.  But on the upside, clients now have an idea of what their professors want.  I have had several clients come in the past couple of weeks where they have said “here is my paper and this is what my professor marked me down on with my last paper.”  Let me tell you, that makes my job so much easier.  If you can tell me what your professor has told you to watch for, then we both know what to look out for while reading through your paper.  fountain pen and red ink on black and white words

Furthermore, if you can bring in a copy of your previous work, then we can compare the two and be sure that you are not repeating the same errors.  So while this time of year may seem more stressful than ever, just remember we all have more to go on with writing assignments than we did back in September.