Thanksgiving break starts tomorrow, and to be honest, no one is in the mood to work over the break. However, since this year we only have one week until finals right after the break, it would be very helpful to stay on top of our assignments. It may be challenging to study when you’re on a break, but with the right mindset, it is not entirely impossible.
You don’t have to study the whole day or finish reviewing the entire finals study guide, getting even a little done will make your last week of classes and finals week less stressful. It may be difficult to focus on work when there is family visiting or because of black Friday shopping, but if you plan accordingly, you can still be productive.
Here are some of the things you can do to make sure you are meeting your goals:
- Create a planner/to-do list.
- Set aside sometime earlier or later during the day (so that you can still have all the fun with family and friends!)
- Keep your schedule consistent for each day, even if you only study for an hour.
- Catch up on all your readings.
- Review everything and make a study guide for finals.
- If you are already on top of all your classes, solve some of the extra review questions.
Some of our OCA’s also shared how they will be productive during the break:
“I am going to pick days to work on schoolwork and days to relax so I don’t feel burnt out and I’m still prepared when I come back.” – Caroline, Senior Off-Campus Advisor
“If you can, just get ahead so you don’t have to worry about it later or over the break.” – Xavier, Off-Campus Advisor
“Take 5-10 minutes breaks every hour of studying.” – Rachel, Off-Campus Advisor
One of my advice or at least something that works for me is I like to plan a reward for myself (maybe a treat or movie time) every time I meet my goal for the day. It’s always motivating to look forward to a reward after working.
It is very important to set realistic goals instead of putting too much on your plate because if you start falling behind once, you might get demotivated and lose interest altogether. Don’t overwork yourself because it is still a break for you to destress!