Looking for tips on going back to school after the holidays? Check out these 5 awesome tips for making the most of your time off, and making the transition back into your schedule as stress-free as possible.
Not only is the holiday season plenty of fun where we get to visit with family and friends, but, for students, Christmas break offers a much-needed reprieve for the school year’s hectic schedule.
So when January rolls around, it’s sometimes difficult to get yourself back into your school schedule.
After all, you’ve just spent several weeks having fun, and most likely, not even thinking about homework.
Fortunately, we have a few simple tips in mind for helping you get back into the groove, without it feeling like you’re pulling your hair out!
While the holidays can be hectic with having to visit family and friends, attending or hosting dinner parties, etc., it’s also important to make the most of your time away from school by getting some much-needed rest that your mind and body crave throughout the school year.
In fact, studies have shown that a lack of sleep affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls your memory. In turn, lack of sleep has been shown to reduce your ability to learn new things by up to 40%
I know you may be tempted to stay up late on those nights when you don’t have class the next day, but it might be better to hit the hay anyway.
Refresh Your Memory
Now, I’m not saying that you need to spend your holiday break studying each and every day.
But, it’s not a bad idea to keep your memory sharp by reading through your old notes before your jump back into your school routine, at least a few times while you’re on your Christmas break.
Studies have shown that students are able to increase their memory by up to 70% after reading old notes within 24 hours.
So, I know that you’ll be tempted to completely forget about school until you go back.
But you’ll thank yourself when the first day of class rolls around and you’re already more prepared to learn than the majority of your peers.
Don’t Over-Indulge On Junk
Around Christmas time, it’s not uncommon for people to indulge in all sorts of baked goods, ranging from Christmas log cakes, pies, and just about everything else in grandma’s kitchen.
while there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, it’s important to remember that a proper, healthy diet contributes to proper brain function.
In fact, when you consider the fact that the brain requires approximately 20% of all your caloric needs, it’s easy to see how your diet is such a vital component of your mood, memory, and focus.
So, if you like the idea of jumping into your next semester with a fresh, clear head ready to ace every test before the end of the year, make sure to stick to a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Full of whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and only a small slice of pie after Christmas dinner.
Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute
While I’m sure that you’ll have plenty going on over the holiday, it’s crucial that you not wait until the last minute to get yourself ready for class.
This means taking the time to buy those textbooks you’ve had on your shopping list. Or, any other supplies that you might need for the upcoming semester.
And don’t forget to take care of any other chores or errands that you’ve had on your to-do list. But have been putting off for weeks. Like making sure your tuition payments are up to date!
Once school starts, there’s not all that much time to take care of those little things.
Between attending classes and studying, maybe holding down a part or full-time job, you’ll barely have time to eat, let alone run around doing errands.
In other words, the transition back to your school routine is probably going to feel slightly hectic.
Which is why it’s best to make most of your time off. Run those errands now, while you’ve got the time!
Then, when your first day rolls around, you’ll be able to focus on your studies, without having a million other things to do.
Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later!
Make Some Memories!
While it’s important not to forget that your next semester is just around the corner, it’s equally important to enjoy your time off.
After all, the holidays are a time to spend time with your loved ones, enjoying each other’s company. Making memories that will last a lifetime.
So, make sure not to forget about your upcoming semester.
But also make sure to spend time visiting your friends and family, going out and doing stuff together, and simply having a good time!
Getting Back To School Post Holidays
When you’re having fun and relaxing, not worrying about your classes, it can be hard to transition back into your school routine, especially when you’re tired, and still bogged down from that over-indulgent Christmas dinner last week.
But by making the most of your time off, getting ready in advance, and keeping your memory sharp, you’ll be starting the new year on the right foot.
Then, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the school year, just as much as you’ve just enjoyed the Holidays!