5 Ways to Make Your Winter Break More Productive
Alright, it’s winter break! Time to bring out the holiday cheer! Finals are finally over and family and fun await. It’s good to take a couple of days just to relax and get rid of this stress from the previous semester, but it’s also a good time to really double down and get a little bit of a head start on the coming semester. It doesn’t take that long, just a couple of hours out of your relaxing vacation. It will really help you in the long run before school starts again in the spring. So let’s get down to five ways to make your winter break more productive.
If you have your syllabus, read it.
A lot of professors are pretty on top of giving out syllabi before the semester begins. If you have one of those professors, start reading that syllabus immediately. Even if it’s just a preliminary one, it gives you a good idea of what books you need to get. Also, look for what assignments are going to be given and get a basic idea of how much studying you’re going to need to do for your classes.
This one is really up to how you schedule your day. Personally, I remember things better when I can write out my daily and weekly agendas. If you feel that this system works for you or you want to try it, go right ahead! Some people also find bullet journaling to be a big help in planning out and keeping track of their goals. Now’s the best time to get started!
Evaluate your study habits
You may or may not have gotten your grades back already, but really look back and see if you need to change anything about your study habits. Do you need to switch from paper to digital notes? If you were taking digital taking notes did you find yourself looking at social media lot? If your current note-taking method isn’t working for you, research a new one or change it up a bit. Try notebooks instead of binders, OneNote instead of Google Docs, or maybe a different system of highlighting. See what worked and didn’t work the previous semester and adjust as needed.
With the new season comes different temperatures and of course your look. Now is the perfect time to look around and see how you can change up your wardrobe a bit. Look around for different clothes and styles and find a few statement pieces to change it up for the new semester. Sometimes, all you need is a couple of pieces to go with your basics, something brightly-colored or a little more unique than what you wore last semester, to really look like a new you!
Hit up your Classmates
If you have some friends who are in a class with you, hit them up! Send a quick message for the holiday, and see how they’re doing. See about setting up a study group before you even start the class! It never hurts to ask.
So there you have it. Five ways you can make your winter break more productive. Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips or have questions about the tips given. Be sure to follow us on social media and give us some feedback!