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A slacker’s way of surviving exams week

From one slacker to the rest of the world, here’s how we do it.

P.S. It’s harder than it looks.

SCHEDULING EVERYTHING DOWN TO THE MINUTE

Like most exam candidates, slackers too prefer setting up a proper study routine for the upcoming exams. From allocating fixed time periods for each topic or subject to short breaks in between studying, everything is scheduled down to the minute. The main difference between slackers and the others is that the latter actually adhere to their schedule while the former manage to get distracted, even by the most trivial matters.

TAKING ‘A BREAK’ EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE

Forcing yourself to consume more than what your mind can take at a time will do you no good. That’s exactly why study breaks are necessary. A little bit of relaxation in between hours of studying will help your mind focus. Slackers, however, tend to make their breaks last longer than other students. Their study breaks are usually longer than their actual studying time. Sometimes, these breaks may start at the beginning of their academic life and continue till the time they graduate (if they graduate, that is). 

SEND NOTES

Slackers do everything in class, apart from taking notes. It doesn’t matter how important the lecture is, you can’t make them scribble a few pages of notes, no matter how hard you try. Even if they do, it’s not going to be on a regular basis nor enough to get them through the course. Desperate times call for desperate measures as they reach out to their friends and classmates who are more regular in class, for their precious, lifesaving class notes.  

PONDERING OVER SUGGESTIONS

Suggestions before the exam are always handy. They tend to make our lives easier when we are almost squashed into oblivion by the exam pressure. Suggestions, however, are not always helpful, which is why we are always told not to rely on them alone. But being out of touch with the book, slackers don’t really have a choice. The exam syllabus is usually huge and covering the entire thing before the exam is next to impossible. Thus, they put their faith on suggestions, hoping to make the most out of them. 

SEEKING SOCIAL VALIDATION

Sharing memes on social media as a mechanism for coping with the exam stress has become a norm. Slackers are no different to this practice. If anything, their meme-game is probably on another level compared to that of the rest. Only if they had spent their time focusing on academics instead of posting memes, things might have turned out different.

There is nothing wrong with being a slacker, as long as things get done eventually. The purpose of this write-up is not to offend this wonderful community, but to show how hard procrastinating can really be and where it can lead you to. 

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