With Spring Break just around the corner, we’re all excited to get out of here! You probably already have plans made for the break, but have you made plans for your academics? Spring break is a great time to relax, but it’s also a time to catch up on your work if you’ve fallen behind or work ahead to make sure you have enough time to study for finals. Here are some great tips for keeping yourself in check over break.
Print out lecture slides. Printing out lecture slides is a great way to have the slides with you if you don’t want to take your laptop on vacation. You can dedicate at least an hour a night and go through one lecture a day. Make notes next to your slides and highlight any important information. If you don’t like paper, you can digitalize your work and take your laptop with you too. So, when you’re packing your sunscreen, don’t forget your slides.
Studying to and from the destination. If you’re traveling far distances, you might forget to study while on vacation. Therefore, study on your way and on your way back. If you’re on a plane, you have nowhere else to go so might as well get your notes out and try to get some work done. You might be too exhausted when you land at your destination so take advantage of the travel time. Any amount of studying is better than no studying at all.
Catch up on some sleep. The most important tip of all: sleep! If you haven’t slept at all because of research, lab work, homework assignments, projects, etc. you might want to think about getting some sleep first. You can’t concentrate on your work if you’re tired, and that means you won’t retain any information you study. If you feel tired, take a break. It is called spring BREAK for a reason. Just don’t let it get out of control and sleep all seven days of it.
Asks travel buddies to quiz you. If you’re traveling with friends or family, utilize them. Ask them to quiz you on your amino acids, time periods, cell parts, the human anatomy, table of elements, or any other class subject. There will be moments when you are not doing anything or waiting in a long line to get in somewhere, use your time wisely. You can do this by writing out note cards. It’s also very travel-friendly.
Complete all your assignments within the first few days. If you want to have a peaceful break, try to get all your assignments done before you head out. This takes a lot of stress off your shoulders and you get to enjoy your break without worrying about how much time you’ll need to complete your assignments when you get back. This also prevents you from cramming in poor work into assignments. Even if you don’t finish everything, you have more time when you come back from vacation to focus on the rest of the assignment.
Catch up on some reading. You can catch up on the next few chapters for your class. Getting ahead of the curb is a great way to learn the material before it’s taught and grasp the concept when you hear your professor explain it. This tip is helpful for anyone who has a lot to do during school and needs extra time studying. It will be a buffer for when you don’t have time to read a chapter, yay, you did it already!
There are a lot of other things you can do over break that can help develop your academic cloud. Staying on top of assignments and studying while relaxing are some of the best ways to be productive over spring break. I highly encourage you to seek your own preferred methods of studying over break and let us know how it went!