With the weather getting warmer, it can be hard to stay focused on work. Whether you’re a first year or even a final year student, the Easter holidays can be stressful, especially if you have work due in when you come back. Over the holidays it can be difficult to find the motivation to do any work, and it’s tempting to leave it all to the last possible minute. Whilst some people are actually able to get everything done in good time, this isn’t usually the case, so SUBCULTURED decided to set up a few tips to help you to keep focused and have a good break too.
Before lectures even end it can be really helpful to set up a plan for your revision or coursework writing time. Realistically, consider how much you’ll actually be able to fit in and how much you definitely need to fit in. By organising your work into manageable chunks, revision can be made a bit less daunting and potentially a lot clearer in your head. Whether that means making a list of things you need to do or writing up a colour coded plan, it will help to find a method that works for you.
- Don’t reschedule
Over the break, chances are you’ll have plenty of other things to be doing alongside worrying about revision. Families might want to spend quality time with you, friends might want to meet up, and there’s always someone having some kind of party. Alternatively, you might not have any of these problems. But if you do, it’s important to make sure that you aren’t pushing away absolutely everything in favour of revision. You can’t stay shut up in your room revising forever.
- Regular breaks
Between not partying too hard and not revising too hard, it can be hard to find a balance. A good way to do this is to make sure that you’re taking breaks. In these breaks you should ideally be doing something that is in no way related to the work you’re doing, but isn’t so engrossing that you lose track of time. A timer or alarm on your phone can be helpful in keeping to your plan, as it can obviously be tempting to let the break run on for the rest of the day. Or just the whole holiday.
- Change your methods
When you find that you’ve just had enough of spending your days like this, something that might help give the days some variety would be to change your revision methods. Everyone has their own way of revising that works for them, but if you get tired of your own way there are so many other options. Whether that means revising with other people, putting music on or drawing to illustrate a point, there are ways of trying to make it more fun for yourself. Or if not fun, at least a lot less painful.
- Don’t ignore your work
This is the last and probably most important point. It’s such an easy trap to fall into. Without the structure of actually having to come into uni, it can be tempting to just procrastinate the whole break away. But ultimately, as we can tell you, it only ends up in more stress for yourself when you do have to come back. Just do what you have to do, in the way that works best for you. That way, not only are you saving yourself from later stress, you’re more likely to get a better grade. And in the end you’ll be proud of how well you dealt with it.
Text by Jess Madanayake
Picture research by Jonathan W. Espiritu; featured image taken from http://wolkflow.com/.