How to Get Yourself Back in the Swing of Studying!
It is nearing the end of August and after a long while of summer holidaying, it is likely that you have fallen into the summer slump! Just today, I had to pre-register for my second year modules after a fortnight of procrastinating it away because I do not want to do anything that is uni-related!
The long months of summer transform anyone into a lazy sloth who suddenly cultivate a fear of reading and studying. It is normal, natural and to be expected. Even if you have been productive in other ways during your vacation period (like working or interning), it is completely okay to be feeling demotivated about returning to your studies especially as your last memory of university was a highly intense exam period! Here are some ways you can slowly ease yourself back into the swing of studying!
- Start organising your notes
As the date to move back to university approaches, this is the prime time to begin organising your notes and all your stuff. Declutter last year’s notes (keep any you deem necessary!) and re-organise your stationary. This can be really fun! Buy some funky, new stationary to make you more excited for the new year! Including new folders too! Don’t forget to re-sort your online notes too as a lot of us tend to place all our academic work virtually. Slowly but surely, organising your notes allows you to wrap your head around the idea of lectures and essays again.
2. Get into contact with fellow course-mates and tutors
Chances are, you have not really touched your Outlook email in a very long while and your inbox is currently collecting dust. In order to get adjusted to university life again, it would be a good idea to get into the gist of contacting your course-mates and tutors too. Email your personal tutor to see if there is anything they recommend you do before starting the next year and to also know how their summer is going! Similarly, why not send a message or two to your course-mates? Of course, this enables friendships to be developed which we love but who else are the best people to rant about your course than your course-mates?! Ask them what modules they are looking to do or if they are do anything before returning to Warwick. Once again, this will let you adjust to university life slowly.
3. Reading lists
Chances are that you have an approximate idea of what modules you want to do for the next year. It would be beneficial to look over the reading lists and any pre-preparations before you begin. Needless to say, do not feel pressure to read all or even any of the books in the reading list but it may aid you in researching a bit prior to studying the content.
To conclude, being stuck in the summer slump is NORMAL! Do not punish yourself for feeling like this! And believe me, when you do eventually return to Warwick – you will be back to your studious self in no time.