Ready for a Christmas break? Looking forward to a rest? Maybe some socialising and over-indulgence?
But those pesky teachers have paid no attention to your leisure needs beyond a mouldy Milky Way from the remains of a tin of Celebrations. They’ve set you heaps of work in every subject and expect it all done for the first day back. Mocks, essays, coursework, revision for tests, it’s all there.
So how do you manage to have a break, see family and friends and get all that work done? Here’s some suggestions.
Plan your time
Plan out the holiday so you have a proper break and get those Christmas events in but also allocate enough time to get all that homework done.
Be realistic - maybe the time before Christmas is full up with parties and preparation but there’s a few ‘dead’ days between Christmas and the New Year when all you would be doing is slumping in front of a screen. These may be perfect for catching up with school or college work.
Share the plan with your family so they can encourage you to get started when the time for work comes.
And any lingering relatives will be impressed when you say: ‘Right, I must get on with my essay/coursework/revision’.
Above all, avoid leaving all your work until the last day of the holiday – not usually a recipe for your best work.
You can use the smart TSR Study Planner to help plan your time.
Ask for stationery for Christmas
What better motivation to start work can there be than some brand new high-quality gel pens, highlighters, files or notepads?
Use your beautiful new highlighters to mark out particularly important notes. Use your new fountain pen to write out quotes. Those new gel pens will brighten up your revision cards
…Ahh the satisfaction of new stationery
Getting down to some work when there are a lot of distractions and temptations is tough so make sure you reward yourself when you’ve finished an essay, made some notes or learned something. As it’s Christmas there won’t be any issue finding items around you which would make a great reward (like food, re-watching Elf or admiring your fancy new presents).
No, Wikipedia isn’t enough to make fantastic notes from! And it's not going to help you answer that really difficult maths question either.
Make sure you have your notes, textbooks and a cup of tea (of coffee) to hand before you sit down to start your studying. Past papers are available here if you need them and specifications from exam board websites.
If needed you can make flashcards, mindmaps and quizzes and more on TSR and find loads of examples made by other students.
Don't over-do it
Above all else, don’t burn out… It’s Christmas after all! Make sure you’ve found time to do whatever it is that makes Christmas special for you. Maybe you want to laze around eating mince pies and crying over Love Actually? Maybe seeing your friends is what you want to do? Or catching up with family?
Your down time is just as important, and as long as you’ve planned your time well you should be able to have fun and get your work done and return back to school/college feeling ready for the new term.
Most importantly: make sure you have a lovely and balanced Christmas break!
What are your study plans for Xmas? Do you have any sure fire ways of staying on-track?