By the time you reach your penultimate year at high school, you’ll probably start to feel like it’s time to say goodbye to your social life. Most of us will be less than happy at such a prospect, so if filling all your free time during the holidays with study sounds nightmarish to you, then rest assured: it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips for creating a productive holiday schedule that still leaves you with some downtime.
Aside from your summer break, you’ll have limited time during the holidays to get much done. Don’t waste precious time by floundering about for what to do; identify what you can reasonably do during your time off, whether it be to write your English creative text, get through five past papers for a class, or learn the ins-and-outs of fiscal policy. By studying with a purpose, you’ll ensure that you’re actively working towards improvement, instead of just doing the same thing day in and day out.
Dedicate more study time to your hardest subjects
Since you won’t be attending classes, the holidays are an opportune time to get on top of those subjects you find most difficult. Allocate more of your timetable to revising the hard stuff, while also scheduling a time to try out different modes of study. You might find that certain subjects aren’t as difficult as you first thought, you may just be studying for them in a way that doesn’t personally work for you. When it comes to the subjects you’ve got a handle on already, it’s best to keep revision to quick, short bursts. Make sure to still be studying those classes regularly, so that the course content stays fresh in your mind.
All work and no play, for a stressed-out student, does make. Don’t feel bad about taking a break from studying; schedule in time for recreation and fill it with your favourite past times, and don’t forget to fit in some socialising as well. It will help you remain relaxed instead of constantly in your own head.
The trick, however, is to keep some time completely free. A fully packed schedule, even one with recreation time worked in, will end up feeling overwhelming, and consequently, too hard to follow. Having some black spaces in your timetable means you’re free to attend to anything that comes up suddenly, or if you’re on a roll with a specific task, you have the luxury of choosing to spend more time on it. On the flip side, if something ends up taking longer than anticipated, you won’t have to worry about eating into studying time for another subject – you can simply rework your schedule to accommodate.
If you’re creating a schedule for your summer break, it’s best to make schedules on a week by week basis, rather than the whole of summer in one go. Since the break is quite a long one, you won’t always know what exactly you’ll have planned so far in advance. Most people only tend to know what they’ll be doing a week ahead. For this reason, weekly schedules are the easiest, and most effective, way to manage your time. Just don’t forget to book in some time to write up your schedule for the following week so you don’t end up “borrowing” time from other things on your timetable.