10 Tips for Studying Over the Festive Period

It’s easy to become overwhelmed at this time of the year. There are so many things going on, diaries become fully booked with activities and festive fun, so it’s easy to forget that you’re a student but that’s not to say leaving a hefty workload might turn you into a bit of an angry elf. So, we’ve compiled a Nice List of 10 study tips for the one gift you need this Christmas... Balance!

1.    Prepare: create a revision or essay plan. Give yourself tangible targets. A timetable including all of your Christmas festivities AND your study time will reduce your stress levels. Top tip: If big schedules freak you out, take it day by day!

2.      Burn it off! Go for a 30 minute walk or jog can really make a difference to your wellbeing and can help boost productivity (Not forgetting to mention it’ll make more room for more pigs in blankets later on!)

3.      Avoid the CRAM-berry sauce: It’s easy to forget about your work load over the break and start in January. However, this can leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So start early.

4.      Don’t burn the candle at both ends: Self-care is the most important. Between the studying and partying this Christmas make sure take time to relax, whether that is having a hot bath, enjoying a lie in or spending time with family. The well needed rest will have you feeling extra prepared for those January exams!

5.     Find your spot: Your location and environment for studying is so important when your surrounded by hectic festivities. Head to your local library, a quiet coffee shop or an isolated space at home.

6.    Family Affair: Get these Christmas elves to help you with your revision. Teaching is known to be one of the best ways to learn, so whether it's your Grandma, older sibling, or cousin three times removed, sharing your new knowledge with a guest is bound to help instil it in your brain!

7.    Find your study mantra: Whether you are an Auditory learner (listener), a Visual learner (remember through image), or a Kinaesthetic learner (learn by doing). Crack the code on your learning type and studying this festive season won’t be nearly as hard work!

8.    Head home all set-up: Make sure you gather all the information you need from your lecturer, take out all the books you need from the library and remember your local library may also have any books you forgot to get.

9.    Short bursts: shows that shorter 20-30-minute spells work best. If you study a little bit everyday you'll learn to continually review the things you've studied!

10.  Hydrate and indulge: There’s no better time to tell you but staying full and hydrated helps the mind to focus. Eat healthily over the holidays and make sure you’re never without a mince pie on your desk.

You can find some more revision tips over on our Student Advice page.