Conquer the Mid-Semester Hump With These Tips

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Stay Motivated Mid-Semester

Although fall break is a great time to relax and recharge, it can sometimes be difficult to adjust back to college life and responsibilities in the midst of midterms, changing weather and the upcoming holiday season.

If you feel sluggish and stuck in a rut, whether that’s academically, mentally or relationally, you are not alone. The experts at Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center have compiled these tips to help you stay motivated and get over the mid-semester hump:

  1. Congratulate yourself for getting here!
  2. Set small goals for the rest of the semester. Make your goals SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely).
  3. Reward yourself as you meet those goals and celebrate your accomplishments
  4. Organize your time, but don’t overwhelm your day-to-day schedule.
  5. Have a healthy balance between work and play; find time to relax.
  6. Keep yourself a priority. Sleep seven to nine hours a night, make time for daily physical activity, eat mostly healthy nutritional foods and manage your stress.
  7. Develop a support group – that could be for college in general, but also for specific classes.
  8. Keep going to class. Even if you have a grade that isn’t great, there is still time to salvage it; talk to your professor and focus for the rest of the semester.
  9. Believe in yourself – you are doing great!
  10. Breathe! This is just a moment in time and it will pass.
  11. Remember the big picture. Remind yourself you are in college to get a degree and take your life in the direction you want to go.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed and could use some support during this mid-semester hump, take advantage of Counseling and Psychological Services, located in the Health Center. The first four individual therapy sessions are no additional cost for students who pay the University Program and Facilities Fee, otherwise known as “student fees.” If you’re not ready for individual therapy or aren’t sure what help you need, check out Get Unstuck, a free support group where students can ask a CAPS therapist questions, learn stress management tips and get additional support for their areas of concern.

Apps that might be helpful:


Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life. Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your lists from anywhere.

App store | Google Play

Study Habits

Study Habits is the first and only app to integrate learning and motivational strategies that help students improve their memory, manage their time, and much more! Currently the subject of a scientific study at the University of Southern California, Study Habits is a comprehensive tool for high school and college students. Study Habits is an app meant for students who are willing to put forth the effort to schedule study sessions and practice various study strategies.

App store

Way of Life

Need to break a bad habit or build a few good ones? Willing to spend less than a minute daily to do something about it? Then download the Way of Life app.

App store | Google Play


Habit-Bull helps you organize your life! Easily keep track of all your habits, routines and repeated to-dos!

App store

Other apps for success from the First-Year Experience & Transition Programs: