How to Have a Fun & Productive Study Break
In less than one week, we will be on a break from uni again. It’s only been four weeks and we’re off already, which can be quite frustrating when you’ve just started getting into the swing of things, but do not fear, I have some tips and advice to help you get through the “study break” in a productive and fun way!
First thing’s first, it is a break so you should give yourself some time to recuperate and rejuvenate after a pretty intense four weeks. Hopefully you’ve been working pretty hard to achieve great things so you deserve a bit of R&R. It’s important to make sure you are looking after yourself and getting some rest because there’s another 8 weeks after the break before you’ll get some time off again, so you’ve got to be able to last the distance. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect at all when it comes to this. In every study break or holiday, I work full time so I don’t really have the time to relax since I still have study to do as well. I do this because one, I’m a student and any money that I can save up is a miracle so if I can earn some extra cash working some more hours, I’m down. Also, work is always busy, and the more hours I can put in, the faster things move along and the more work we can get done. And lastly, especially in the longer breaks between semesters and at the end of the year, it can actually get pretty boring if you’re not working. In my first year I only worked two days a week for about four months, which was great for the first few weeks when I just stayed in bed watching TV and doing nothing, but after that I realised that everyone else had gone away or was working and there wasn’t much to do, so I prefer to work so that I stay productive and feel motivated to keep going. So I’m basically preaching to myself too when I say that we should take some time to relax during this break, even if it is just a few hours out with friends or watching a movie, or if it’s a week at home with the family. Whatever works for you, try and reward yourself and get prepared for the next half of the semester.
Next up is something that tutors will like to remind you a lot: this is not a holiday, it’s a “study break”. This means that while yes, it would be great to just go on a holiday somewhere warm and forget that university exists, there are still some expectations from you to be working over this time. The amount progresses over the years, but you will realise that it can actually be a great advantage for you if you get some work done in the time off. Whether you use the time to catch up on some readings, finish some bookwork, do some more experimenting with ideas, or anything productive really, it will keep you on track when uni starts back in two weeks time. It can also put you ahead of the students who don’t do anything during the break.
Continuing to work will also keep you in a productive mindset and encourage your creative flow to keep going. This is especially important if your job isn’t in a creative field. It can be really hard to get back into the habit of designing, thinking and being productive, especially over longer breaks, if you aren’t doing any work at all, so if you keep doing little bits of work, or lots, you won’t lose the flow and it’ll be smooth sailing when you head back to uni!
This time off can also be a great time to do some creative work of your own. Ifyou’ve been thinking of a great illustration idea, you’ve been wanting to design your own website, or you’ve got some client work to complete; this is a great time to do these things! Take advantage of the spare time and do something fun.; make something cool that you couldn’t do during uni because it didn’t work with the brief, or you didn’t have time. Like I said earlier, there are another eight weeks after this break before the next, so if you don’t seize the opportunity now, you might have to wait that long until you have the time again.
In case you care, or are wondering, my plan for the coming break is to work full time at my job, continue with research and idea exploration for my major project, finish my prints for my Letterpress paper, decide on the copy for my Interpretive Type book, and hopefully write some more blog posts that can be ready to go if times get tough with uni work after the break!
This was just a quick one to chat about what to do in the break. I know it can be hard to know what’s expected of you, but I think as long as you keep going, do what you can and give yourself some time off too, you’ll do great! If you have any specific questions about your workload, about my holiday plans or anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will answer them as best as I can! I’d also love to hear your plans for the study break! Are you lucky enough to get to go away, are you staying home to work, or just taking it easy? Whatever it is, I’d love to hear it so let me know!
Much love, Hollie! :D