Studying over Easter holidays is something no one wants to do, not when you could be gorging on chocolate and taking advantage of the sunny weather. Unfortunately, lots of assignments end up being due after Easter and nothing good ever comes from leaving all the work until the last minute. There are some tips you can use to help make the studying process less painful and more efficient though.
Ask Questions Early
The Easter holidays are a break for teachers as well as students, so they aren’t always contactable during the break. Because of this, they may not be available to answer any questions you have. It’s a good idea to make a list of any questions you have before or at the beginning of the Easter holidays and send it to your teacher. By getting your questions in early you’re more likely to get a response that you can use as you begin studying over Easter, rather than waiting on an answer for weeks. It also helps set the ball rolling as you’ll already be thinking about your subjects and what areas you’re unclear on.
Begin Your Studying Over Easter Early
As tempting as it is to give yourself a few days at the beginning of the Easter holidays to relax, trust me when I say this is a bad idea. If you get into the habit of relaxing and doing nothing too quickly, it become very difficult to get back into that ‘ready to study’ mindset. Plus, you can become more stressed out as you start feeling guilty for not studying over Easter when you know you should. It’s much better to get your work out of the way first, then use your remaining time to relax and do whatever you want knowing you’ve completed everything you need to do.
Breaks are Important
Having said that, it’s crucial that you don’t burn yourself out because then no matter how much studying over Easter you do it won’t sink in. The Easter holidays are also a time to enjoy yourself so make sure to schedule in study breaks so you can get some fresh air, watch tv, chat with friends, etc. whatever you want to do before getting back to it.
Tailor Your Schedule to Suit You
For me, schedules are a lifesaver and I use them all the time. It’s always a good idea to tailor them to make sure they suit your needs though. You want to make sure not to make your schedule unrealistic by giving yourself too much work to do. As it’s the Easter holidays, you may want to leave Good Friday and Easter Weekend free, for example. You’ll also want to work out what kind of studying works best for you; do you prefer to get your studying over Easter done with as soon as possible and dedicate several full days to working? Or is studying for a few hours a day over a longer period of time more effective for you? You know yourself best.
Just because it’s the Easter holidays and you might be back home away from your friends, that doesn’t mean you can’t get together. If you’re someone who works better with other people, take some time to figure out when your friends are free to do some studying over Easter with you. You can meet up in person or remotely. Studying together can help alleviate the pressure you might be putting on yourself as everyone’s going through the same thing and allows you to share your thoughts and questions with other people who might be able to help you a vice versa.
Studying over Easter holidays doesn’t have to be as much of a chore as it seems; hopefully these tips have given you some ideas about how you can make your studying less stressful and slightly more enjoyable.