Return to Study after a Break – Here’s How

Return to study - a female student studying with books and notepads.

Readying yourself for return to study isn’t easy. It can be hard to rewire your brain from working or family life back into study mode – particularly if you’ve had a break from the books since undergraduate life. Here are a few tips to help ease that transition.

Consider how you’ll study

Deciding on how you want to study is vital. For instance, it may be easier for you to study part-time if you want to continue working, or if you have commitments. Luckily there are a number of flexible options here at Stirling:

Make space and time

Studying can be hard, and it requires a lot of concentration. It’s important to designate a study space – whether in the house, on campus or somewhere quiet – where you can devote your attention to understanding the course material. It’s equally important to set aside the time to do so.

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Designate time and space for study.

Involve people in your decision

A return to study may mean less time for family and friends, so make sure you discuss it with them. It’s a big commitment – albeit with big reward –that will impact on more lives than just your own. Weigh up the pros and cons, be realistic about your commitments. It should be easier to make your decision.

Create a balanced routine

You may find yourself juggling work, life and play already, so throwing a return to study into the mix will probably disrupt your routines. Dedicate ample time to each.

Coffee and a notepad on a desk – all part of a balanced routine – ideal if you're planning a return to study.
It’s important to have balance between work, study and play.

Connect with others

When you join the student community, you should immerse yourself in the student experience. Get out there, enjoy Freshers and meet new folks – particularly other students on your course.

Be realistic – and just ask

Be sure to keep yourself grounded when considering a return to study. Postgraduate life can be hectic, and you’ll still need to make time for family and work. Remember, if you want to discuss any aspect of studying a postgrad, you can ask us a question.

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