You thought it would never happen, but your break has finally arrived. As you are probably learning right about now, the academic calendar doesn’t take a break when you do. Many times, college students are faced with the need to complete major class projects over their Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks. How do you manage while still enjoying your time off?
Start with a Plan
Making a study plan is likely the absolute last thing you want to do right now. However, it is a good thing to do while your brain is still in student mode. Figure out what you have to do and when it has to be done. Plan to work on the project a little at a time so you aren’t left in a pinch at the last moment. Make sure to let your friends and family that you have work that you must complete over the break so they will understand when you aren’t always available to them. By forewarning family and friend of your obligation, you will not only avoid hurt feelings, you will also prepare them to offer you support when you need it.
Putting everything off until the last minute so you can take a break will, without fail, come back to bite you in a very bad way later on. When you are on break, you are more able than ever to complete your work. After all, you aren’t attending classes so you have a great deal more free time than you do during the rest of the semester. In addition, when you are on break, your mind tends to get out of college mode and become more relaxed. When this happens, it becomes difficult to accurately judge how much time you need to complete your work. By tackling assignments right away and working on them regularly throughout your break, you will avoid getting yourself in a time crunch.
Chunk Your Work.
Your brain is much like an engine in that it works more efficiently once it gets warmed up. When you start working, plan to work on a huge chunk of your assignment in one stretch. This will take up more time at each session but will save you a great deal of time in the long run. If you are home for the break and you find it hard to concentrate because of noise and distraction, try to find a quiet place to go. Every town has a library and these great places can provide you with the quiet and peace you need to focus on your studies or project. In addition, libraries provide you with a comfortable place to sit, Internet access, and a table on which to work. If you make use of these little gems, you are sure to become a huge fan of the public library system.
Although nobody wants to work over their college break, the fact is that most students will have to at some point. All you can do is to take the above steps to make the process as painless as possible so you will have at least some time to spend with family and friends and in relaxation.
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