Musings About Reading Week
Hi again all,
I know that my posts usually include some form of list but today I thought that I’d just have a little chat to you about how I think it’s best to spend the upcoming reading week. I realise that not every course utilises reading week, but I hope that my thoughts will be useful to some of you!Reading week can seem to be the perfect opportunity to switch off and veg out but I like to use that time in a productive way. I’m going to contradict myself almost immediately by saying that I think the best way to be productive is to give yourself time to relax. Trying to cram more information into your brain when it is already at capacity is probably not the best idea and you’ll probably end up feeling more stressed than revived by the end of the week. You should relax in whatever way works best for you and don’t feel guilty your chosen method of relaxation is unconventional. If going out with your friends and pulling an all-nighter helps you to unwind, go for it (clearly you have to factor in the hangover that will more than likely consume the entirety of the next day)! I personally like to relax by watching YouTube videos with a good snack.
On the flip-side of all of this, please use reading week to do what it is assigned for- read. I know it’s hard to keep up with all the readings that are given out during the term, so if you have missed some you can use this time to catch up. I totally recommend it. There’s nothing worse than being behind when term resumes because you’re trying to catch up from being behind before!
Also, reading week is a great time to write essays, or at least to begin formulating plans. This term, I have multiple essay deadlines in close proximity to each other so I want to get ahead! In my opinion there’s nothing worse than trying to balance essay writing with the other demands of the term. Why put yourself under stress that can be avoided? Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You need to make sure to take care of yourself, especially at this time of year!
I realise that these tips won’t be useful to everyone. These are just my own musings. I hope everyone has a good reading week, no matter what you do!