As you approach reading week, you may ask yourself how to make the most out of this week. Here are 5 tips to make sure you end reading week feeling both relaxed and productive, confident to smash the rest of term!
1. Rest. Relax. Rejuvenate.
Despite its name, it’s important that you take some time to actually rest your body and mind to avoid exhaustion at a later stage. Catch up on sleep, eat healthily and take care of yourself. If this means reading for fun, getting a head start on your Christmas shopping, hosting a dinner or exploring a neighbouring city, make sure you treat yourself to some time out!
2. Make a plan
After a term of classes, tutorials, talks and events, reading week may seem a little unstructured. As a result, you may struggle with setting yourself the tasks that you need to get done. It is, therefore, important to make a plan and schedule in some schoolwork in between taking out time for yourself. This way, the last half of term doesn’t catch you off guard! So, think about upcoming deadlines and set yourself manageable goals that leave you feeling accomplished and prepared for the next stage. Remember to take out any library books that you need in advance, so you don’t miss out on books you require. For days you want to study, set how many hours you’ll study what and set your priorities. Also, make a calendar for the next term while you’re at it.
3. Catch up on course work
In the first weeks it can be difficult to get into the routine of university and you may have missed out on readings, caught fresher’s flu or prioritised a night out over next day’s coursework. Take this reading week to catch up on any readings or classwork you didn’t do, so you don’t have when essays and exams are around the corner. Schedule this into your work plan and make it an integral part of this week’s schedule.
4. Enhance your study skills
This week is a great opportunity to brush up on study skills that could save you a lot of time throughout your studies. Whether that means going out and buying a planner, so you know exactly when your deadlines are, turning off your phone to avoid distractions or rewriting your notes in a more legible and coherent way, make sure you develop these good habits now, so they don’t come back to bite you later.
5. Prepare for the rest of term
When you follow these tips, you should enter the latter half of term feeling relaxed and prepared. Make sure you don’t drop the good habits just because you’re back in class. Continue to allow yourself breaks in between studying to keep your stress levels as low as possible. It is, therefore, also important that you stick to schedules and don’t leave all your coursework until the last minute. This way you will be sure to smash these last few weeks of term!
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