When the weather is nice outside, it is easier to hold outdoor activities and participate in seasonal sports.
The spring semester provides a new variety of distractions for students, sometimes making it hard for them to concentrate on school work.
Darren Nelson, a science professor teaching a course about natural disasters, said “On average you will see students make 5 to 10 percent lower test grades on the same exact test from the fall and winter terms.”
Students are also more likely to have family vacations or other activities planned during this time, which cause them to miss class.
“It’s harder to study in the spring because there are so many new activities going on, and it’s too nice to be inside doing homework,” said Brian Bishop, a sophomore studying graphic design.
Many students enjoy studying outdoors, on the grass and other places like the various quads on campus.
While this is beneficial in regards to having good lighting, getting vitamin D and having fresh air, it can present many new distractions for someone who is not used to studying outside.
“It’s a lot harder to study when it’s sunny outside because you want to be doing other things,” said Ashley Crawford, a senior studying nursing. “Especially if you are on the winter or spring semesters because there is such a small break in between semesters.”
With new opportunities such as outdoor sports, activities and social events, students often spend less time studying.
It can be difficult for students to resist the temptations of nice weather.
“It’s really hard for us to study because it’s not often sunny in Rexburg, so when it is, we want to go out and be in the sun,” said Nicole Armendariz Castaneda, a freshman majoring in general studies.
Finding a balance between school and activities can be difficult, especially for students in spring semester.
By managing your time and not overcrowding your schedule, you can be successful in both the social and educational pursuits.