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Managing Your ‘Winter Break’ Schedule

Managing Your ‘Winter Break’ Schedule

Hey hey hey (or Ho Ho Ho – whichever one tickles you. Hehee). Ok, so that was a cheesy sort of Christmassy joke, let’s move on.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t mention Christmas again in my posts but this might be the last time I mention it before 25 December. You see, in the run up to Christmas, there’s loads of fun to be had, it’s an exciting time, I get it, but I have to remind myself that there’s still uni work to be done! Sorry to burst your festive bauble – hehee, get it?! I’m full of festive cheer, can you tell?

As we all count down to the big day and enjoy the festivities, it’s important to remember that our uni work is still important and there are still deadlines to meet and revision to complete.

Last week was my last taught session before the break and in some small way, I felt relieved, knowing that when I walked away, I wouldn’t return for a couple of weeks. At the same time, these breaks from uni feel like opportunities to catch up on assignments amid all of the celebrations.

Speaking of catching up on work, my advice would be to get started on your uni work as soon as possible (if you haven’t already) because once the celebrations begin, you’ll probably find it harder to get into the swing of things (believe me).

And so begin the holidays! I’ve started to write everything down on my calendar – birthdays, parties, family days out etc, as it helps me to stay organised and visually map out our family commitments so that I can schedule in uni work. I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post that usually my best study times are in the evenings (when the kids are in bed). You understand that, don’t you?

I like to use post-it notes too – very handy for those times when I need to remind myself about important tasks that need to be completed. Post-its are really good for making a note of assignment deadlines as well as plotting them on the calendar.

I don’t know why but I personally prefer to jot things on a calendar than to use a digital timetable. However you choose to manage your winter schedule is up to you, as long as it works for you.

If your tutors, teachers, mentors and friends are available for the next few days, use them to help tie up any loose ends. That means that if there’s anything that you think you’ll need help with, any question that doesn’t quite make sense, any resource that you might need but are not sure how to access, any revision techniques that could help you – ask!

Most of all, this winter break shouldn’t create too many moments of stress for anyone, so as long as fun, laughter and uni work are properly balanced and well-managed, don’t forget to enjoy your winter break.

Have a great weekend and a fantastic Christmas everyone – and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then enjoy the time off!


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