For many of us, reading week has arrived. The assignments are piling up, you’ve fallen behind on reading material and your notes are scattered. There may or may not be a squashed cereal bar at the bottom of your bag.
Reading week is a great time to organise yourself and get some work out of the way. So here’s our guide to getting the most out of your ‘time off’.
First and foremost, you’ll need a plan. Take the time to sit down and write a list of all your assignments, projects and class tests in order of when they’re due. This will help you to prioritise what needs the most urgent attention. Do this before your reading week, to maximise the time you have to spend on assignments.
Take a trip to the library
Once you have made your plan, you can start to gather the reading material. Take the time to have a good dig through the library shelves for material that will help you in your assignments. You can also bookmark Google Scholar articles that you might find useful. In doing this, you have eliminated the last minute panic of knowing what you want to say, but not being able to find the book that backs this up. THE DREAD!
Organise your days
There’s a lot to be said for making a solid plan and seeing what you need to do for the week right there in front of you. You might do this by making a chart with post-its or writing out your tasks for each day in a diary.
You might have a 3000-word assignment. On Monday you might tackle 1000 words, on Wednesday you might write 500 words and on Saturday you might do the last 1500 words. Mix things up so you give your brain time to reflect on what you’ve done so far.
Treat yourself & take breaks
Take those tea breaks and at the end of the day spend some time with your friends or catch up on your favourite series. Don’t sit for hours without a break or getting outside into the fresh air. When you do take a break, stick to your schedule, if you say you’re taking 15 minutes, then just take the 15.
Food for thought
When you’re studying, you’re using a lot of energy. So, stock up on healthy foods like whole grains, oily fish, blueberries and of course lots and lots of water.
Take a day off
Your brain and your body will thank you for this. While getting the work out of the way is important, it’s also incredibly important to give yourself a day where you can truly relax. Read a book, go for a walk. You do you. We all need a break from hectic student life.