The Christmas break was undoubtedly exciting. You got to spend time with family and take a break from the grueling routine associated with the school. However, it’s time to go back to serious work, and that is an understandably difficult process.
How do you get back your studying groove when your body and mind have been so used to lethargy over an extended period of time?
The holiday mood can be quite distracting, and that sense of distraction and lack of focus can easily carry over to the period after the holidays.
Fortunately, there are ways you can dispel the mood and get in the zone for your studies. We are going to look at some tips on how to study and learn in the period after your winter break.
Have a Study Plan
This is the first and most important step you need to take when you’re preparing yourself to take some study time. It’s especially important both during and after a holiday since this is the time when you already have time blocked out for a bunch of activities that you need to work around.
If you’re studying during the Christmas period, then you have lots of parties to attend, lots of shopping to do, and lots of time to spend with your family. You should, therefore, work around these if you’re going to have any time to study on your Christmas break.
After your Christmas break, you have activities associated with getting your school life back on track. You have courses to enroll for; you have opening parties to attend, and your body is generally still lazy, trying to get its groove back so you can get back to work.
You also have classes to attend and plenty of homework to do. Remember, the studying you do is only legitimate if it is done outside of what you are already required to do anyway.
You should figure out how many hours you have free in a day and plan them out. These should come after every other important thing has been scheduled. You will then know just how much free time you have and what you can do with that time.
Consider outsourcing some of the more boring stuff
Make sure to schedule your assignments and important class readings first. These are obviously the most important. You can even get coursework help or essay writing help to get the large essays out of the way so you can free your time up for other things.
You should also study for any exams that are coming up soon so that you are well-prepared. Once you have these done, you can set aside some time to do some extra reading to expand your knowledge.
Prepare yourself ahead of Time
One of the things that our brains are used to is routine. We tend to get used to the routines we have been sticking to for a long time, and it takes training to change what we are used to. You can use the same principle to help yourself get ready for the period after Christmas.
A week before school starts to set your alarm for earlier than usual. You can also set your meal times to be around the same time as your college meals. Also, take some time out in that period leading up to your school semester to do some writing in order to get your body accustomed to the college schedule.
Set some Goals
What do you want to achieve in the new term starting January? It’s not just about how to study but also about what you actually want to achieve for your term and how studying fits into that. You need to have a detailed list of all the things you would like to have achieved before the end of the term or semester, whether it is improving your grades or spending more time at the gym.
Make sure they are not only ambitious but also realistic. If you’re setting goals for the term or semester ahead, then they need to be goals that can be achieved in that period.
Write your goals down and put them somewhere you can see them often. That way, you always know what you are working toward, and it becomes easier to maintain your focus.
Form or join a Study Group
It’s not always easy to get things done alone. A fact that comes with figuring out how to learn is that you can easily get bogged down by work and get so overwhelmed by work that you just need someone to come around motivate you to work harder; that’s why having a study group to study with is a good idea.
You can study and socialize at the same time, allowing you to actually enjoy the process of studying. Moreover, your friends in the group can motivate you to keep going at those crucial times when you just feel like giving up.
Getting into the studying mood after the Christmas break doesn’t have to be hard. All you have to do is be deliberate about it, set up a schedule, and dedicate yourself to sticking to that schedule and remaining consistent. Eventually, it will become a part of your system, and it will work out just fine.