January 10, 2020
After enjoying the glorious two week winter break, it is time for you to go back to school. Some of you will find it demanding and brutal to kick-start a return to study mode after spending an extended period of time watching movies all night and sleeping in.
Try these tips to make the transition to your regular studying schedule more efficient and painless:
- Have A Decent Routine Fixed
As you are likely used to sleeping in or staying up all night during the break, it may be difficult for you to get a good night’s sleep the day before the first day of school. That is why you should try to sleep around thirty minutes earlier than your usual holiday sleep time every day for a week before school starts, meaning you are likely to have higher quality sleeps and stay alert throughout the day.
Also, unscheduled holiday mealtime and snacking are banned! You have to stick to a healthy diet with both macronutrient and micronutrient consumption. Eating well will boost your learning ability, and you also need to eat on time and never skip meals.
- Plan Out Your Tasks
At first, the workload may seem overwhelming since your brain was resting for the entire vacation. The syllabus is given to you ahead of time, so it is best to look through it as you can get a clear idea of how much effort and work required for the course. After that, map out a general weekly study plan for the semester, but personalize it to your learning ability so that you can get it done. Do not bite off more than you can chew; otherwise, you may lose your enthusiasm. You can also reward yourself when you reach a goal that you set – for example, finishing a chapter – to keep you motivated and going strong until the end of the study session.
- Avoid Getting Behind On Your Studying
The handiest tip is to study immediately from day one to prevent from falling behind on your studying. It is undoubtedly a nightmare if you have to catch up with your coursework and try to get back into the study groove at the same time!
- Balance Studying & Personal Time
Studying for hours will stress you out and there does reach a point where there are diminishing returns – it can decrease your productivity. Plus, it is only the beginning of a new semester, so take it easy. Instead of continuous studying, break it into sessions and have breaks in between. During the break, you can take a light walk outside (fresh air will help you concentrate better and regain energy to get back to studying) or make yourself your favourite drink or snack.
After you finish studying, use the rest of the night for some “me” time, which is a healthy habit to maintain because if you are doing things that you enjoy, you will recharge your mind and body. Tuning into yourself daily, in turn, will help you be more productive and ease back into the new semester successfully.
That is my ultimate survival guide for stimulating my brain back into a studying mindset when the holidays are over. How about you guys? What are some of your methods to get back into the swing of studying? Please leave a comment below and let me know!