How To Best Use Your Vacation Time

Like most students vacations seem to go far too fast and semesters tend to drag on much too slowly.  You get caught up in watching television, catching up with family and friends, holiday preparations and before you realise it – there’s very little time left before you have to go back to University again.  If you end up with an internship or part-time job, it even worse.

So what can you do?

Firstly, do enjoy your holidays.  You’ve worked hard all semester and so you need the time off to recharge.  If you don’t, you will start to feel mentally worn out before the next semester finishes and that will make it hard to keep your motivation level up throughout the whole semester.

Secondly, work out at the beginning of your vacation what you want to accomplish.  Do you want to learn a new language, read a couple of books or do a training course?  Commit to it like you do your study and work out how much time you will need to meet these goals.

Finally, break down these goals into daily or weekly segments that you will accomplish but that will leave the rest of the time to do what you want.  For example, if you want to read five new books over the summer and estimate that you would need to read for two hours a week, you can break that down into reading roughly 20 minutes a day and once that is done you’ll know that you’ll meet your vacation goals but you’ll still get to have plenty of time to relax.

Take time to rest but do use your spare time to do something valuable, learn something new or address an area of study that needs improving.

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