Of course, the winter holidays are a much needed break from classes, reading, studying and exams (and when I say much needed, I mean it). Time off from school is the best for spending time with family and friends, relaxing, eating good food, and, especially, catching up on the sleep we lack during the semester.
Before you know it, your time off is over and it’s time to head back to school - and you may have mixed emotions. It’s totally normal to feel sad that the break is over, or even stressed when you realize that you’ll quickly have to transition back into the student routine.
Here are 3 steps you can take to make sure you’re set up to do your best this semester:
While you’re still on break and have the extra time - start preparing yourself for the new semester. This can mean starting to wake up a little bit earlier as the countdown to the term begins, starting to get ready for writing notes whether that is digitally or on paper, or simply focusing on adjusting to what a typical schedule looks like for you when school is in session. If you do these things a few days before the semester starts, it will be so much easier to adjust to reality when you do go back to school.
Before you start classes again, make a list of some things you want to achieve during the semester. Maybe that’s getting good grades in all of your courses, going to the gym, or joining a club. Whatever that looks like for you, make sure to be realistic and to think about HOW you will reach those goals. It will be helpful for you to break down how you will get there and what you need to do to achieve these goals - this will make it a lot easier for you to reach your full potential!
Stick to a schedule
You know what they say… “proper planning prevents poor performance”.
Obviously, you have a regular class schedule and that is arguably the most important thing you have to do. Be sure to use a calendar (digitally or paper, whatever works best for you) to schedule time in your day for extracurriculars, work, study time, exercise and social activities. This will be very helpful in making sure you stay on top of all things you have to do AND want to do.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Do yourself a favour and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether you have specific questions about a project or assignment, or simply need help with the course material, it’s never a bad idea to ask questions. After all, your professors, teaching assistants and classmates are there to help you and genuinely want to see you succeed. What better way to ensure your academic success than by asking questions to make sure you’re on the right track!
Getting back into your routine after a long break is never easy, but with thoughtful planning and some attention, it can absolutely be made easier. Just be patient with yourself (it will go a long way, I promise).
I’m wishing you all the best of luck as you begin a new semester - I’m rooting for you!