The winter holidays provide a time for relaxation, socialising with friends and watching too much TV. However, there’s also the prospect of impending January exams and a number of assignments to complete. So how can you enjoy the festive holidays and get the most out of your revision time? Here is what you should do to ensure you have a fun and productive winter break.
Prepare for the start of the holidays
Those who have the most relaxed holidays are those who began their preparation before they started. Finalise your lecture notes early to save time, and they’ll be ready for you to revise from. Next, arrange meetings with your university tutors to finalise any outstanding queries you have about the upcoming exams. List the points that you are unsure of to make sure that when you meet them in person you will get the most out of their time. Finally, a visit to the library to collect any useful readings and books will provide all the resources you need to revise/write up your assignments over the holidays.
Enjoy yourself over the holidays
It can be hard to switch off for some, especially if you have been sent home with a number of assignments. The holidays are there to be enjoyed, so in the run up to January exams, take a few days to recover from the manic pace of your first term. Begin with simple tasks, like making your revision plan and identifying your key readings. As your revision intensifies be sure to take regular breaks, eat healthily and sleep well.
As the holidays progress your levels of motivation may drop off while the temptation to procrastinate and avoid working grows. Ensure you remain motivated and keep a work/play balance by setting yourself a realistic end goal or treat at the end of a hard day’s work, like taking the night off go out with friends.
And avoid pitfalls
Wanting to put off the workload will threaten your progress at numerous points. Ensure you don’t fall into the cycle of ‘leaving your essay until tomorrow’ especially if you don’t have the time to. If you begin to feel a sense of panic or concern, keep calm, take a short break and come back with a fresh perspective. Your ability to cope with revision pressure will go a long way to helping your performance in the exams when you return to university.
Following the steps above should make for an enjoyable break. Just try to balance your time effectively and you will be fully prepared for the January exams. And if you have some time left over, why not apply for one of our graduate jobs?