7 ways to avoid a Thanksgiving break slump
by UTEP Connect
It’s almost time for Thanksgiving break but with finals just around the corner, now is not the time to get derailed. Use these holiday study tips to avoid the Thanksgiving break slump and keep motivated for the last few weeks of the semester.
1. Set realistic expectations
Setting lofty goals can be a recipe for disaster during a break. Once you start falling behind on your self-imposed study schedule, you may throw in the towel altogether. Thanksgiving break is a great time to unwind so embrace that by not packing your schedule with studying. Instead, set a reasonable amount of time to complete your assignments without ruining your break.
2. Create a to-do list
Even with the best intentions, motivation can be tough. Create a daily to-do list that sets a task or amount of time you want to dedicate to each class. Whether it’s completing five math problems or spending ten minutes reviewing your psychology notes, by having a tangible goal you’ll be more motivated to be productive.
3. Plan to study early (or late!)
The holidays are busy. With family visiting from out of town and friends making plans to catch up, the best way to ensure productivity is to pencil it in before or after the day’s activities. Plan on greeting the day or staying up a little later to get your studying in.
4. Be outspoken
Once you set a study schedule, let your family and friends know about your obligations. Often family and friends believe since you’re on break, you’re not studying. By telling those around you about your plans for maintaining your productivity, they can not only honor that time but encourage it if they notice you falling behind.
5. Don’t cram
One of the most important holiday study tips you can follow is being consistent. Too often, holiday fun gets in the way and students spend their last night cramming in a study session. Even if you can only find an hour every day, maintaining a consistent schedule can help keep material fresh and make the transition back to school easier.
6. Study for finals
Think you have nothing to do over Thanksgiving? Not so fast! Finals are coming up and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to go over the notes from the beginning of the semester. Even a twenty-minute study session each day can help refresh your memory and help you be more prepared for when you return to school.
7. Solve some problems
During the semester, there’s barely enough time to complete assignments, let alone do any extra. Allocating some time to work your way through questions in your textbook can be a fun way to sneak in some extra studying. Between cooking turkeys and watching football, try to fit in a few problem-solving assignments.
Following these holiday study tips can help you navigate the time off during Thanksgiving so that you not only spend time with your loved ones but also stay ready for school. If you need even more motivation to study over the holiday break, why not create a study corner?! It’ll make studying more fun and could even increase your productivity!