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Studying during the holidays

The four-week break between Term 1 and Term 2 is a great time to catch up on some much-needed sleep, spend quality time with one’s family celebrating the holidays and enjoying fun activities. It’s easy to forget that it is also a time to prepare for January exams, catch up on reading and notes and go over difficult topics. Striking a balance between studying and enjoying your vacation is difficult and often, finding the motivation to work equally so. Here is how I go about it. Hope these tips are helpful 🙂  
  • Ski in the morning, work in the afternoon
We always spend the holiday weeks in the mountains in Switzerland and although I could be on the slopes all day, I’ve gotten myself into a satisfying routine whereby I ski from 8:30 to 12:00, have lunch, and then study from 14:00 to 18:00. This works well for me as I spend time exercising outdoors each day, both my family and I know how the days are planned and having to finish work before dinner pushes me to be productive.   
  • Work when others work
If it isn’t possible to stick to a routine whereby you work every afternoon, I would recommend working when others in your entourage are working. This really helps to avoid feeling like you are missing out on any of the fun because you’re stuck in your room studying. If you have a sibling or a friend that needs to study too, plan to work in the same place, at the same time as they are.  
  • A little bit every day
It won’t be possible to work the same amount every day and that’s ok. As long as you hold yourself to doing at least a little bit every day, then you are being productive and without necessarily realising it, you are ticking things off the list. When you have less time to study or feel like you maybe aren’t as concentrated, then opt for learning your notes, watching summary videos or even an easy-to-read blog, rather than trying to get through long readings or complicated lecture captures.   
  • Put things in perspective and take care of yourself
Remember that the most important thing is to strike that balance between relaxing, family and studying. If you’re unsure of whether you are succeeding, try to put things in perspective by asking a family member how they think you’re doing. Speak to some friends to see how they go about it. Most importantly though, these are your holidays, your studies and your life so focus on finding a relaxing/studying routine that works for you.    Happy holidays!

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