Holidays are a great time for you to catch up on your work or move ahead of your peers, especially if you just began your HSC year. The summer break is the longest holiday you’ll have and it’s a chance for to move ahead in your studies, but it’s also very easy for time to just fly by and before you know it, school starts again. Thus, either go on a great holiday, go earn some extra cash, or use this time wisely and make a great leap forward (I see you modern history students) at school, especially if you’re in year 12.
Set weekly goals, not just big goals for the whole holiday
If you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve, you’ll have nothing to chase for and may easily give up. Thus, it’s important to set goals for what you to achieve in these holidays. However, it’s also important to set smaller weekly goals as well, rather than just the big goals of the whole holidays. Your summer break is not short. If you set huge goals, it would be really hard for you to gauge how much you should achieve each week and it may seem like a never ending task. Furthermore, you may procrastinate because you don’t know how much you have to do everyday and then when it’s near the end of your holidays, you’ve left too much work to do and it becomes unachievable. Thus, break your goals down into little teeny weeny weekly bits so you can visualise what and how much you have to do all the time.
Create a REALISTIC holiday schedule/timetable
BE REALISTIC. The key is to make it ACHIEVABLE. You’ve probably made study timetables in the past that have just completely failed. When you create a timetable, you have to create one for yourself. That is, you know how much study you usually can do in a day and how much is too much. Don’t over pack it and literally leave only 5 minutes free time for you in a whole day. It’ll be impossible to follow and you’ll end up being demotivated. On the other hand, if you create something realistic, it’ll actually work and when you continuously achieve everything you planned to do, you’ll also feel so much better about yourself. Luckily for you, we already have a post on how to make a timetable specifically for holidays. It’s here!
ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS! Leave time for days off
Chances are, you’re not going to be able to work 7 days in a row. Plus, there’s Christmas, there’s New Year’s Eve, there’s lalala, just enjoy them without even thinking about studying! If you push yourself too hard, you may just end up over stressing, making too big a deal out of studying and just end up putting too much pressure on yourself. Leave a few days off where you can forget about all the studies you have to do and just… relax. Also, of course, continue to exercise! Never compromise on that. Stay healthy. You always have time for exercise, studying is no excuse for not exercising (just stop procrastinating and you’ll have so much time for so many more other things!).
Jack Zheng | N° 63