The December holidays are often a highly-anticipated time of rest for students. It’s a time when students look forward to relaxing before the next year’s academic period.
However, for students who struggled through the year’s examinations or even students looking to greatly improve their marks by the next year, the holiday period can also be a great opportunity to revise and get ahead of their work.
It’s important for you to take the time to relax and recuperate but also stay focused on your final examination goals. We’ve compiled these 5 holiday study tips will help you do just that:
- Get Organized
Planning is everything! The idea isn’t to spend all your time studying, but to rather find a good balance between relaxation and studying. Make a study schedule that accommodates some holiday activities that you’d like to do. Choose a specific time to study that works best for you. It might be a weekend morning or a couple shorter periods throughout the week. It’s best to study early in the morning before everyone wakes up – you will able to get a great deal of work done during the quietest times of day. You may have to be willing to miss out on some fun activities, but the ones you choose to partake in can be enjoyed guilt-free, knowing that your studies are still on track. If you’re traveling, make sure that you pack your learning materials, laptop or tablet and your notes.
- Get Out of the House
Studying at home can be quite distracting during the holidays, especially if you have a large family. In order to make sure that you can make the most of your time, pack up your laptop and head out to your nearest coffee shop or library for some quality study time. You’ll be less distracted and more relaxed when you return home after a solid study session.
- Get your Family Involved
If you have visiting cousins or other family members who may want your attention during the holidays, you will have to talk to them and let them know that you will need some time to focus on your studies undisturbed. Ask for their understanding and their assistance as you juggle responsibilities in this busy time. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page and you can all have fun once your daily studies are over.
- Develop a Rewards System
Finding the motivation to keep studying during the holidays can be very difficult. Use some positive reinforcement and reward yourself each time you accomplish something. Allow yourself a gingerbread cookie for after you complete a chapter. Knowing what treats await you may be just what you need to motivate you to persevere in accomplishing your tasks.
- Study with Your Friends
Meeting up and going out with your friends is one of the things that makes holidays so much fun. Make this time more fulfilling by having an hour-long group study session before you go out. Studying with other students can help you better understand the work and the group can also help each other go through the information that you individually struggle with. Collaborating with others and being around good company is one of the biggest factors to relieving stress and building motivation.
Although it can feel like schoolwork during the holidays is a huge imposition, successful students know that the ultimate gift to themselves and their family is the achievement of great marks at the end of the year.
So keep at it – the rewards will be so fulfilling!