Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year, but it’s also one of the most rewarding because you can spend it catching up with relatives and reconnecting with your family. But what if you have post-holiday exams lined up? How can you find the right balance between utilising your free time while also juggling family obligations?
If you manage your time wisely, the Christmas break could be the perfect time to get the most out of your studies and stay on top of your workload.
Here are four tips to help you manage your studies over the holidays:
1. Make a study plan or schedule
Even if you are not the planning type, you’d be surprised how much a study plan can help you get organised and find the right balance between studying and spending time with family. A study plan involves outlining what materials to cover and then creating a timetable for how much time you will spend on each subject.
Your study plan should be tailored to your day – if you’re not an early riser or you have commitments in the mornings, it makes sense to organise your study session later in the day. Be realistic and structure your plan around the time you know you’ll have free for real productivity.
The greatest benefit of creating a study plan is that you do not have to sacrifice family time or the joy of spending Christmas with loved ones—it’s simply about managing your time effectively rather than trying to do everything all at once.
There are plenty of resources online that can show you how to create a successful study plan to make this easier.
2. Work a little each day to avoid procrastinating
Procrastination is something many of us struggle with, especially with tasks we don’t deem urgent. But your study sessions will benefit greatly from short bursts of focus, as you can cover all subjects and feel more confident before your exams.
The reality is, your studies don’t need to take up your entire Christmas break. Just work a little each day within the time you have allocated. Committing to a dedicated study time each day will then make it much easier for you to stay on track.
3. Find the perfect study spot
One of the keys to success with studying is separating study time from your personal time. You may normally work well from your desk at home, but if things are getting a little chaotic you might have to find a new, quiet place to study—such as the local library or at a café. Public spaces are great for helping you stay focused because you’re less likely to get distracted by family members, friends or even social media. Just be sure to switch off notifications on your phone and block yourself from logging into social media when you are in the middle of a study session.
4. Take breaks and celebrate
Studying is important, but so is Christmas and spending time with family. If you plan your studies around your commitments, you can eliminate the guilt that comes with taking some much-needed time off. In fact, the most successful study plans include plenty of breaks so that you can take in what you’re learning and destress. It’s also far more reasonable to take regular study breaks over a long period rather than to cram everything at the last minute and expect to remember everything.
Ready to start your study session?
Although Christmas can be busy, with the right study schedule and proper planning, you can maximise the time you have at home to achieve the right balance. Head over to OpenSpace to check your course modules now, set up your plan and get your studies in motion over the Christmas holidays. Good luck!