Guess what, guys? The holidays are almost over! It’s sad, we know. And it also means getting back into your study routines. While it can be tough to face the books once again, getting back into the study groove will be vital to ensure this semester’s a success! Here’s 10 tips to help you get back into it:
1. Change your brain
If you’re struggling with the thought of going back, the first step is to change your brain and think positive. Instead of “I don’t want to” or “I can’t be bothered” repeat “I can do this!” and “I’m gonna get organised and get ahead this semester!”
2. Create goals
Goals can be excellent motivators, especially because they can help orient you on what you want to achieve this year or semester. Grab a pen and paper and note down at least 3 things you hope to accomplish this term/year.
Then, note down 3 other goals that aren’t study related at all. This can help you recognise or maintain your study/life balance.
At this stage, you may also want to spend some time thinking about how many subjects you want to do and what your ideal workload this year will look like.
3. Go over your old notes
Forgotten everything you learned before the holidays? If you can’t get your head into gear, reviewing your old notes is a good way to jump-start your studying.
It’ll familiarise you once again with what you learned last year and help you get prepared for those first few lectures or tutorials.
4. Start reading
If you know what pre-requisite reading you need to do before the semester starts, use it to motivate you.
Set aside an hour or two before classes start back and dedicate some time to reading the materials. You’ll feel great once you know you’ve got a head start! Even going through the course or unit outline can help!
5. Go elective crazy
Haven’t picked your electives or units yet? Do it now! This can assist you in getting into study mode, but without having to do all that reading.
Choosing your electives can also be a fun task and can motivate you by introducing new topics and interests into your study routine.
6. Get inspired in groups
If you just can’t do it on your own, organising a study sesh with a friend or group is a great way to get back into the groove.
Others can help get you inspired to study, especially if you spend some time discussing the material, topics or expectations for exams etc. It’s a good opportunity to talk about electives, too.
A dream come true for some studiers? We hope so! Shopping for new study supplies can be wonderfully energising at the start of the new year.
You can shop for stationery, books, bags, accessories and even things like clothes!
8. Start sleeping
It can be easy to get out of your sleep routines and patterns over the holidays, but when it comes to the study term, getting the right amount of sleep is vital for staying fresh, healthy and switched on.
To avoid feeling groggy and tired once the semester starts, work on regulating your sleep a week or two in advance. Try to get to bed at a reasonable time each night and aim to wake up at the same time each day.
9. Get into the exercise groove
Exercise and physical activity is great for keeping your brain active and helping you feel energised for your studies.
If you can, aim to get back into your exercise routines before semester goes back. Go for a walk, do a quick session at the gym or organise a group sport, like a casual tennis or footy game.
10. Don’t dive in too hard
Getting back into the study groove can seem horribly overwhelming if you dive in the deep end too hard and too fast.
Instead of scheduling 4 hours of study straight off the bat, stagger your sessions. Spend an hour or two here and there and spread out your studies to minimise that ‘overwhelmed’ feeling and maintain your life balance.