Reading week: How to spend it?
If you’re lucky enough in your department, you’ll currently be faced with a week off and the big question: what should I do with this time?
The first consideration might be whether or not to go home. For many of us, by the time week 6 rolls around, we’re feeling tired, and after some much needed home comforts. If this is the case, popping home might be a good idea. Of course, other commitments may mean this isn’t possible. For example, I have only been able to go home from Friday-Tuesday this time, due to uni commitments that I have the rest of the week. I nearly didn’t come home, but then decided that a change of scene might do me good. If you have a pretty consistent routine at uni, which involves a lot of time spent in the library, maybe this would be good for you!
The second thing to consider might be what you actually do during reading week- do you catch up on work or let yourself relax? I’d say, do a bit of both! Let yourself have those lie-ins, laze around a bit, but also, during the day, catch up on anything that’s stressing you out. This weekend, for example, I’ve spent time with my family, but then tomorrow when everyone’s at work I’ll crack on with an essay that needs doing.
Reading week is typically used to get back on top of your work and reading, but I really don’t think that this should mean cramming everything in for 7 days straight, because instead of feeling well rested at the end of reading week, you’ll feel stressed. Consider how much work you need to get done within the next week (i.e. imminent deadlines and work that you might have neglected for a while now) and prioritise this, either doing small sections of it each day, or, alternatively, setting aside some days in reading week to work, and others to relax. Whatever you find works for you!
Finally, as we’re at the midpoint of term, maybe take this time to think about the remaining weeks of this term, and jot down anything you want to achieve in weeks 7-10 before Easter! Writing lists are really effective for me in terms of organising my thoughts. Think about upcoming deadlines, and even, if you have enough time, topics you might want to start revising in time for summer.
I hope that (for everyone that this blog is applicable to), you have an enjoyable reading week!