Having a Productive Break!

I can hardly believe this term is over already! A lot of people have already headed back home to celebrate the holidays with their friends and family. If you’re in the part II stage of your degree, the increased load of work, heightened difficulty and back to back deadlines may have resulted in a very intense 10 weeks. It is definitely necessary to allow yourself a well-deserved break, your brain needs to recharge.

However, you can’t afford to completely abandon your studies for the entirety of the holiday period. Time flies and indeed waits for no one. Although it can seem overwhelming when you feel like things are moving too fast, it is important to be proactive and not let it get to you. It can seem impossible to catch up with everything you have to do, but planning is the key to accomplishing this.

Procrastination!

For most students, final exams are in the summer; but you can’t leave it to weeks before exams to revise Michaelmas term modules. It would be ideal to revise Michaelmas modules during this break so you have less work at the end of lent term, you could then use the Easter break as time to revise for lent term modules and go over Michaelmas term modules. Breaking your revision down into these time frames can reduce your stress level for the summer exams and ensure you are fully prepared; as you have given each module appropriate attention.

Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. Procrastination is a big problem we all deal with; no one is exempt. If revision is not going to plan or you are not motivated at that time, rather than doing nothing at all, you could make good use of your time by completing those internship applications that have fast approaching deadlines or practising those psychometric test questions.

Be honest with yourself!

Just like we all make new year’s resolutions we don’t do, we as students also always promise to do better next term or to stop procrastinating. It is well and good to have these goals but you need to also have practical steps to fulfilling them. We all have good intentions but it’s easy to get carried away with the holidays.

I’m sure we’ve all had times when we regretted that we did so little with our break, don’t waste your holiday. It is important to have balance in life, allocating time to different aspects of your life will help you stay levelled. There are times to prioritise your studies and times to prioritise quality time with your loved ones, because at the end of the day there is life outside of university.

If you know you have too many distractions back home and you are likely to not be as productive as you are when you are at university; take the initiative to not spend the entire holiday break away. Learn from your mistakes, if your strategy or attitude towards the holiday hasn’t worked in previous years or hasn’t been as effective then change is needed. If it didn’t work last time why would it now unless you’ve made adjustments.

To ensure you don’t waste too much time being idle, you could buy a return ticket rather than a one way or an open return. This allows you to have some sort of structure to your holiday and enables you to efficiently allocate your time. Make use of the university website to know what’s open during the holidays. You can find Library and Learning Zone opening hours on the Library website.

Part II is the most important stage of your degree, this is when your grades and results actually count towards your final degree qualification so it is vital to take it seriously. Make a pragmatic revision timetable and put controls in place to ensure you follow it; you could for example make yourself accountable to someone that you trust, someone you know is reliable and responsible.

Sometimes something might have to give, you can’t do everything, be strategic with your revision, even though all modules are worth the same amount of credits, you know which ones you’re stronger in so revise accordingly.

Last but not least, it is also important to not overwork yourself, take the necessary time to relax and enjoy your break; you want to come back in lent term feeling energised and ready to tackle the brand new modules you would be starting.

Happy Holidays!!