At the moment you’ll be enjoying your well-earned Christmas break. Some of you may be revising (depending on when your exams are) but others will be relaxing, watching TV, socialising with old friends and forgetting everything you learned over the first term of the year. Going back after Christmas can be daunting but here are some tips to help you.
Refresh Yourself with Last Term’s Work
Don’t leave it until the last minute. Over the Christmas break, spend an hour here and there just refreshing yourself with the work that you learnt during the first term. If you have exams, spend more than that revising and looking over your work to make sure that you are ready.
Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To
A common problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they are unattainable. Make some that you know you will stick to. This could be spending three hours over the weekend doing work or only going out on night of the weekend so that you can study. Yes, you want to enjoy university but you also need to pass it!
Do You Have Everything?
Everyone leaves something behind when they go back after Christmas break; don’t let that one thing be something very important! Avoid leaving anything behind by making a list and checking it twice (you know how that song goes!). Cross everything off the list as you pack it and don’t take it out of your bag for any reason!
I used to go back to uni a week early. I often had exams just after the break but it was also a great chance to catch up with my uni friends to find out how their Christmas had been and to get that initial socialising out of the way. I could also spend the time I needed to look over my notes without feeling like I was missing out on something with the family.