Reading week is almost upon us. For some, it’s a golden opportunity to catch up on studies and consolidate learning. For others, a time to take a foot off the gas a little and chill out. However you spend your reading week, make it worth your while. Here are five tips on how to have a productive reading week.
Make a plan
All great things start with a plan. Draw up a rough plan of what you want to cover in your week away from studies – making sure you cover the key elements of your classes. Whether it’s revision or essays, having structure can keep you focused over the course of the week.
Find a comfortable study space
Having a comfortable, quiet study space makes for distraction-free learning, so try to find a nice airy spot with a window. Natural light and visual stimulus has been proven as good for your concentration – and your health.
Use your time efficiently
It’s all good having a plan (see above), but you also need to be able to use your time efficiently in order to stick to a plan. The Pomodoro technique is a great way to focus on a single task at a time – set a timer for 25 minutes and concentrate on that single task until the timer’s up, then take a 5 minute break.
Do something different
Whilst it’s important to actually do some reading over reading week, take the opportunity to do something different. Go out with friends, visit family, go to the cinema – do whatever you enjoy doing to chill out and take a wee break from study.
Hydrate, eat and exercise
Your brain works best when it’s hydrated. Make sure you keep its thirst quenched by keeping a bottle of water nearby when you’re studying. It’s also important to eat regularly and get out every now and then for some exercise – even 15-20 minutes in the fresh air will do wonders for your body and mind.