How to deal with Exams and Coursework during the Christmas Holidays 

The Christmas holidays are slowly approaching day by day, so what does that mean for students? It’s finally time to close all the books, relax, socialise and sleep the days away. We wish. Although the holidays are here, the workload for many of us doesn’t correlate with all the fun we want to have. With coursework due in a few weeks and exams creeping up on us after the holidays, here are tips to successfully balance your time and deal with exams during this festive season. Time Your time management is going to be very crucial for this holiday. So let’s try and get it right from the start. Be firm with yourself but also make your timings realistic when thinking of studying. For example, don’t say you will study for 8 hours straight when you know you won’t. Break it down into 1-2 hour increments to process the information without it feeling too overwhelming and include breaks. Timing is key and when handled correctly, will give you enough time to revise, socialise and enjoy the holidays also. Revision Techniques Everyone knows what works for them when it comes to revising. Whether you can stick post-it notes across your room, create songs to remember information or you need to recite things to yourself a billion times. Find the technique that works well for you and test yourself. If you find that you can’t remember a lot of things after you’ve revised with a specific technique, then change it until you find one that fits just right. Proof Reading For those who also have assignments due in the next term, proofreading is going to benefit you hugely. Try and finish your assignments a few days earlier so that you have enough time to proofread and make any changes if needs are. Try and get someone else to read your work for you too, they may be able to spot errors that you didn’t see at first and help give feedback on the clarity of your work. Diet & Food Intake A lot of us hate having to watch what we eat, but our diets have the power to determine our concentration levels. A well-balanced diet will make you feel motivated to do work and keep you on track. Sleep Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. It is also vital for learning and stimulating the brain regions used in learning and developing new information. With all this information being stored it is important we give our brains enough time to process all we’ve revised all day, it would be a shame to forget it! So whenever possible, try to at least grab 8 hours of sleep every night so that you are refreshed and ready to take on the following day. Really hoped these tips will be useful to you and that you take them on board this holiday period. Happy revising! Written by Sarah Oladokun