How to Effectively Study During Summer
August 3, 2018 / Sharnie Carter
You get home after a long day and fall exasperatedly onto the sofa, perhaps fall asleep for a brief moment.
After what feels like 2 minutes of relaxing, you open your eyes, look to the window and see the sunshine sitting among the blue sky with its rays beaming through your curtains.
You smile. You think to yourself “It’s so beautiful outside; I should do something.”
Once you stand up you feel a sense of happiness at the prospects of going out and enjoying yourself.
Then you look to the left… sitting on your coffee table is a pile of revision books and pending assessments that you know you need to complete.
You slump back down disappointedly and remember that, although it may be sunny, you need to study during summer.
As bad as this sounds, this is not the way that it has to be.
We have all had assignments to complete during summer, and we wonder how many of us always wait until the week before it is due to complete it… guilty!
This is because – like the entire population – we are prone to want to enjoy the sunshine and great weather, as opposed to staying indoors and studying.
But having 11 years of experience, we know how to effectively study during summer, and can help you do so, too:
Set goals and make a timed plan
Making a plan makes it easier to stick to your studies. Ensure that you include regularly scheduled breaks, eating and sleep times, and any social plans that you may have. This way you have enough time for everything, especially the things that you enjoy.
You’ve heard of reading a book on the beach? Well it works just as well in the garden. Take some time out in the garden or local park and bring a book with you. By doing this, you can enjoy the sunshine while getting your studies done.
Be creative with how you study
Doing French studies? Perhaps treat yourself to a weekend in Paris… emersion studying is one of the best ways to learn. Need to revise for an examination? Ask a friend or family member to help make a quiz using your study materials and suddenly studying will become much more enjoyable.
And we are referring to both the body and the mind. Gentle exercise allows to stay healthy and gives you some well-deserved time away from the books. In addition, full brain exercises such as Sudoku or mental maths will help to keep your mind healthy and make studying seem easier.
It may not be the ideal situation to have to study during summer, but you may as well make it as effective as you can to make the most of your summer and your studies.