Are you finding it hard to stay motivated to study, when on a break? Check out our tips for keeping up your motivation to study when school's out!
How to stay motivated when you have a break from studies? Be it a winter break, a summer holiday during which you've planned you'll write your thesis or a short break you've taken from your part time job to use for studying, it is hard to stay motivated and focus on your studies, when you've got time off everyday school. Especially during the winter break it may be useful the take some time to prepare yourself for the spring semester. It doesn't have to mean a ton of work; just check your schedule for January and sign up for your new courses, or browse the course literature, and you're already a bit more prepared to return to school after the break.
Let's be clear - everyone needs a holiday at least once or twice a year, but what we're talking about here is time that you've decided to allocate to your studies, because you're on a break from work and school, but struggle to keep to your promise. We've gathered here a few tips on how to stay motivated to study during the holidays. Remember though, that if your schedule from school allows you to truly take time off, please do. Resting is also key to successful, motivated studying.
1. Make a study schedule
A study plan gives you complete control over when to set aside time for study. It will also be easier to distribute the syllabus evenly, without clashing with other plans. Having a study plan also makes it easier to leave room for time off studying. When you've set specific dates for studying (or even specific days for certain topics) you'll know also when it's time to put down your books and pen and close your computer.
2. Study a little every day
It's important that you study evenly during your break. Cramming your course material in a panic the night before the exam will leave you in trouble when the exam starts. Stick to your study plan and follow the course outline so that you'll take on the course material in a logical, structured manner. By studying the subject bit by bit you'll remember what you've studied a lot better. When you are done with your studying for the day, you can come off work mode and relax for the rest of the day.
3. Create a cozy spot for studying
Having a designated, cozy spot for studying can help you focus and relax when you are doing your course work. Make sure your spot is calm, well lit and comfortable enough for you, and without distractions (phone, TV, other people interrupting you). A nice cup of coffee or tea may give you a nice boost and keep your eyes open if you start to get too comfortable.
4. Lots of light
Here in the Nordics we are used to short days during the winter months. That doesn't mean the darkness doesn't affect us, however. Make sure you get out when it's bright on the days you've set aside for studying. Take a trip out and fill your lungs with fresh air. When darkness takes over, a lamp that simulates natural daylight can save you from awakening drooling on page 352. Even during the super long and light days of summer, it's a good idea to start your day with a short walk to clear your head from sleep and get an active feeling to the day.
5. Meet up with friends for studying
Don't sit alone with a mountain of course work. Meet up with your friends or fellow students and study together. Getting together for some studying and a great dinner with your fellow students is a good way to keep motivated and also share your knowledge and troubles - you are all working on the same courses, so why not work together?