How to have a productive winter vacation
With many of us heading home soon and the Christmas season approaching, it’s a time of year where I’ve found studying to be difficult. I’ve experienced a number of vacations throughout my university life and have always kicked myself for not being productive as I needed to be, so here are some tips I have to help you make the most of your time off:
Do as much work as possible before the end of term. The more you do now the less work you will have to do later. I’ve found it takes a while to adjust to studying in a different place, so save yourself some trouble by doing work now in a place you are used to.
Get started on your essays as soon as possible so that you’re not overwhelmed by trying to write loads at once. Not only will it likely improve the quality of your work, but it will also keep you feeling more relaxed. I’ve got three essays due at the start of term 2 which amount to just under 15,000 words, which is a LOT. I’m already thinking of essay titles and topics for those. It’s not fun to have to work over Christmas, but even worse to have to dedicate days at the end of the vacation to working when you just want to be relaxing during your last days at home. If you do a little every day then it will spread out your workload.
Pack carefully. Take things home that you need, but not too much. If you’re going home for two weeks then you don’t need to pack your whole wardrobe. But be sure to take with you any books or notes you need to work at home. If you’re travelling on public transport with suitcases, leave some space so that you can bring Christmas presents back to university with you next term.
Lock your house carefully. The last thing you want is to be worrying about whether you forgot to close the bathroom window of your uni house. Hide any valuables if you’re not taking them with you, lock windows and doors, and set the house alarm if you have one. Also clear any perishables from the fridge and take out the bins. You don’t want to return to a house that smells of rotten cabbage.
Take a few days to enjoy your vacation. Take a few days off from working over the Christmas holidays, enjoy time with your family and do the things you enjoy. Don’t let your studies overpower your holidays. We all deserve time off, but also don’t neglect your studies entirely over the vacation. The way I’m starting to think is that just because I don’t have classes, it doesn’t mean I don’t have to study. In this, the winter and spring holidays are basically glorified reading weeks.
I hope you all have a good vacation and that you stay healthy and safe. I will be enjoying myself after being reunited with my Ps4 and bookshelf, all the while trying not to miss the deadlines for my essays 😊