So, the first term of the academic year is now officially over and a lot of students from the University have descended to their family home for the holidays. Unfortunately though, it’s quite unlikely that you won’t have any studying to do over the break, as essays and exams welcome you back in January. With lots of socialising to fit in before you get back, studying can often take less of a priority. However there is a way to get a balance…
- Write down all of the stuff that you need to do now
First things first, take the opportunity to sit down with a cup of tea and write down everything that you’ll need to do between now and the start of next term. This way, you won’t forget anything important and you’ll be able to organise things accordingly. If you still need to do some Christmas shopping, then take a look at my guide to buying presents on the blog!
- Make a schedule
Once you know exactly what you need to do, schedule it all into a calendar! I normally print one off from the internet and stick it on my bedroom wall next to my desk. This way, I can write down exactly what I need to do over the break and cross it off when I’ve done it. A good place to start is putting in the dates that you know you’ve got something going on, like visiting family. Then, with the time that you’ve got left, set aside some time for studying and anything else you want to fit in. With that done, all you need to do then is stick to it!
- Do some paid work
Whilst you’re at home, it could be the perfect opportunity to give your bank balance a nice lift by doing some paid work. Places often become busy around this time of year, so it’s well worth giving your old part-time job a call to see if you can work a few hours over the break!
- Make space for some time off
Whilst it’s important to get your work done, make sure that you take time to relax and enjoy some well-earned time off! Watch a Christmas film or two by the fire and eat as much or as little as you want! There might not be much opportunity to do this whilst you’re at University, so enjoy it!
- See your friends and family
Remember whilst your home to take time to see all of the people that you haven’t seen for months and have a proper catch up! Whether it’s going out for some food, or catching the latest blockbuster, spending this time of year with the people that you care about the most is the most important thing.
Have a very merry Christmas everybody and a spectacular new year!