27 Nov

Tips to Balancing the Holidays and Your Studies

Balancing studies with holiday preparations and activities can prove to be difficult, especially if you have exams during these times.  For some, the holidays are stressful enough without the added stress of studying for a big test. Balancing family time with studies may seem like an impossible task, but there are some things you can do to help you enjoy the holiday season.

Create a Schedule– Create a study/timetable where you allocate time for each subject.  This can assist you by taking the pressure off, and help you decide how much time you have for other activities.Then, you will be free to concentrate on holiday preparations—whether that be shopping for gifts or spending time with your family and friends.

Keep Yourself Organized– If you are traveling during the holidays, you’ll want to have your books, papers and notes organized and neat. You don’t want to waste valuable time searching for things. If you stay organized, you save time.

Get Your Family Involved– If you have younger children around, have them quiz you on the things you are learning- or recruit a grandparent!  Getting others involved not only helps you learn, but helps your family be invested in your success.

Time Management– As a student juggling work, study, family and social commitments, your time is limited and valuable.  This is where a schedule or timetable can be useful.

When deciding how to allocate your time:

  • Allow adequate periods of time for learning new material, understanding theories and concepts, or drafting an assignment.
  • Rise 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15 minutes later each day.
  • Timetable more challenging tasks for when you are most alert and able to concentrate.
  • Set achievable study goals

Ditch the Distractions- Develop strategies to realistically manage the distractions and interruptions that are bound to arise in any busy person’s schedule.  Here are some ideas to help you do just that:

-close the door

-turn off your cell phone

-prepare a schedule for your study session with beginning and ending times

-keep a blank pad of paper close by for jotting down the things you need to get to after studying

Set Time Aside to Have Some Fun– Don’t forget the holidays are about spending time with your loved ones.  Even though you need to keep up with your studies, be sure to set enough time aside to enjoy all of the activities that go along with the holidays.

The holidays give everyone a certain amount of stress. By planning ahead, you can avoid many of the headaches that go along with balancing your studies with family time, and instead enjoy the holiday season!

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