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Surviving (and Thriving?) Through the End of the Semester
While there is no magic to make the end-of-semester crunch time super easy (that is, after all, why it is called crunch time!), there are some strategies that can ease the stress. The following 10 suggestions were drawn from an Inside Higher Ed Blog Post by Kerry Ann Rockquemore.
Tip #1: Clearly communicate to others that it is crunch time… others in your life will be more accommodating of your business if they know what to expect.
Tip #2: Lower your standards in non-essential areas of life…let go of what you can during the week or two of intensity at the end of the semester.
Tip #3: Ruthlessly assess what grading ACTUALLY needs to get done…a great idea is to ask students to indicate if they want comments and then only write comments on those papers
Tip #4: Say NO to EVERY SERVICE REQUEST from now until the end of the semester…Say "no" often, clearly, and without guilt.
Tip #5: Every day needs a plan… prioritize the things that are most important
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