By Nexus
Apr 08, 2019

Study Breaks + How To Use Them Wisely

Grow the Fuck Up

So, you’ve made it through the first seven weeks of 2019’s A Semester; well done! Whether you’ve survived as a fresher, you’re a third year that’s just hanging on because you’ve already come too far, or you’re anywhere in-between, this first mid-semester break is sure to be well deserved. But is there ever really such a thing as a holiday during university? Fuck no. It’s merely a trick to lull you into a false sense of security, reassuring you that you'll have a couple of weeks up your sleeve to get shit done. Take it from us - shit is never done. There’s always something just about to pop its wee head around the corner, so let’s take the time to get prepared, shall we?

Earn Some Moola
If you really want a solid excuse for procrastinating, pick up a few shifts at work, or maybe try and find a job in the first place. If you’re not going to spend these precious days off working tirelessly towards earning a degree, why not do something that will still add to your CV and make you look semi-employable? Plus, the extra cash in the bank account can’t hurt.

Make a Plan
It’s time to whip out the old calendar and work out what needs to be done when. Figure out when that pesky essay is due and just how many Panoptos you need to watch, and fucking answer the group project chat. Sit down and make a list of everything you need to do, and plan to use at least some of the next two weeks actually doing it. This sucks, but once it’s done, you can map out exactly how much sleep you can catch up on over the next two weeks, or how many series of Game of Thrones you can rewatch before classes start again.

Once you’ve got your plan, it’s time to put some wheels in motion. Even if you’re a disorganised piece of shit like me, do your best to make a rough plan of when you’re going to do what. Due first = do first. Depending on how much stuff you’ve gotta pack in, I recommend dividing into mornings and arvos. These can be split into pure subject study, some household chores, or specific assignment aims - it’s also a great way to plan some catch ups with mates so you don’t go fully mad.

She’s all about practice, life is. While it’s tempting as fuck to sleep in til 2 every day before getting on it with the lads, this is not going to be appreciated by your body or brain - particularly when it comes to heading back to class. Try to consistently get up and go to sleep at the same time, before getting into your plan for the day. This doesn’t mean you have to study the same shit every day; rather, it means your body might find it a tad easier to get out of bed when your Monday morning lecture rolls around since you’ve been making the effort to get up by 10 each day. Obviously, the occasional night on the rark might throw this off a wee bit, but it’s all about the attitude! Take the time to instill some good habits before you make it to full-time employment and get fired for being late every fucking day.

Getting Out + About
While I do have a habit about banging on about study and keeping on top of shit, it’s also important we remember to get out of our study space and into the real world every now and then. Have lunch with some friends, check out the op-shop scene around town, take a day trip or two! Whether you’re all about getting those As or you’re just here so you don’t have to get a full-time job, there is a need for some outside time. Make an effort to keep in touch with friends so you don’t completely isolate yourself - it comes in handy when you need some assignment notes, or just someone to cry to while you watch Ratatouille and eat ice cream.

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