It’s only November. Why am I talking about Christmas already and why on Earth would I mention a Christmas study planner?
Well, the Christmas break will be here before you know it and for many of you that means January exams. The Christmas break is no longer a case of just chilling out with friends, binging on Netflix, and enjoying two weeks of freedom. It involves some studying if you want to pass your exams with flying colours.
Creating a Christmas study planner is one of the best things you can do.
What Is a Christmas Study Planner?
This is more than just a way to layout when you’ll study. You set blocks of time to study specific modules or classes in your course. If you have a project to complete, you’ll add in time to do that too.
Spacing out your learning and setting time on specific classes will help you learn more. You go into your study session ready, rather than spending the first 10 minutes trying to work out what you need to do and where to start.
Your study time becomes more productive than ever.
But this is also a way to minimize your study time. Since you’re more productive, you won’t need to spend every day of the Christmas break with the books. You can arrange for time with your friends or to spend gaming, watching DVDs, and more. Your Christmas planner is just a smaller version of your regular study planner.
Here’s how to create your Christmas study plan to make sure you fit everything in possible.
#1. Determine the Days You’re NOT Studying
Let’s start by wiping out any of the dates that you definitely do not want to study. These would include Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day for me. All the rest are fair game over the Christmas season. You may have other requirements.
Be honest with yourself here. Just because you want to take the whole two weeks off, doesn’t mean you can. Select a few individual days, but make sure you study on other dates.
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#2. Determine the Hours of Study
Just how many hours of study will you need to do during your time off? You won’t need the full 35-hour week that you need when you’re at university. I’d suggest halving the time, depending on the amount of classes you need to study for. Split 30-35 hours from one week over the course of the two weeks of your Christmas and New Year break.
Work out how many hours you’ll need to study per day to meet your quota. Don’t block the hours on your calendar just yet. You just want to know the optimum amount of hours.
Say you want to study for 10 days of the two week period (that gives you the four dates already mentioned off). That means you need to do 3-3.5 hours of study over the course of the two weeks. That doesn’t seem as bad now, does it?
#3. Block Out Study Time
When do you find it easier to study? Many people tend to find the morning the best time to study. They don’t have commitments with friends, as they tend to be in the evening. You can also find the house empty, as your parents are likely to be at work.
Find the times that are best for you to study and block them out on your calendar. I’d suggest using a paper planner or a day-to-a-page diary to help block out specific hours.
The 3.5 hours don’t need to be in one sitting. Don’t forget to plan in some breaks in between. Try an hour when you wake up, an hour just before lunch, and then an hour or so after lunch. Planning breaks is essential for productive study.
You can then plan your socializing into the calendar. Don’t bump a study session for a socializing session, unless you will genuinely switch the two sessions around. It’s best to create a plan and stick to it to learn more and get ready for your exams.
#4. Don’t Let One Bad Day Get You Down
It’s not just about creating your Christmas study planner but about sticking to it. There are going to be times that your study sessions don’t quite go to plan. Something may happen at home or a friend may drop by unannounced. It’s easy to think that if a day doesn’t go to plan that’s the whole plan failed.
That is definitely not the case!
Missing one of your study days still gives you nine study days. Don’t worry about making up for the lost hours. Just focus on sticking to the hours that you have planned. You’ll find it easier to handle and less overwhelming.
Are you ready to create your Christmas study planner? While you want the two-week break to be just a break, you will need to prepare for your exams in January. With the tips above, you will balance it all and still get to enjoy your time off.
How will you organise your studying over the Christmas break? What will you do to get yourself ready for exams? Share your tips in the comments below.