I am not saying that I wish I didn’t have a break or anything. I really enjoyed my Easter break, however, I can see that doing preparation work, for example, would have been hugely beneficial.
If you struggle to feel productive revising for exams because all you can do is read your notes, similar to me, then doing this reading over Easter could also be helpful. However, if your course is only assessed by coursework then one of the best little things you could do over Easter is simply go through the books and secondary sources and find the specific quotes you want to use or write the references.
If you manage to do these little things in preparation for going back to university then I think that you will feel much better when you do go to university. However, I know that it is too late for wishful thinking because unfortunately the past is past. So now, if you were having a proper break over Easter you now have to make up for it.
This can be difficult with the scary amount of work just placed in front of you all at the same time. However, there are steps to avoiding a huge amount of unnecessary stress.
As I said in my planning article, this can be extremely useful is reducing stress when you have a lot on your plate. I use Excel to do this because I have three essays to finish, I then use the red, green and amber colour code system to show my progress on a certain task. This has made my situation a lot clearer and easier to tackle bit-by-bit.
As an English Literature student, I have found that a major part of being able to begin to tackle this huge task is having a knowledge of the books beforehand. For example, if you have read the book prior to receiving your questions then, when you choose our questions you will already know what books, and what extracts of the books you will use in your essays. This cuts down a lot of time in going through every book and selecting specific quotations. If you wait until writing your essay to-do this then you could end up reading the book anyway, which would take more time than necessary.
I know that for some students, the prospect of giving up weekends and the majority of weekdays to working for hours straight in a library may be a negative prospect. However when it is put into perspective you are giving up say three to four weeks of social time to work hard and produce good work, and then you are going to have a longer summer holiday regardless of whether you do this or not. To me it seems worth it to do hard work during these few weeks by putting in the hours in order to make up for your long Easter break.
These are the three ways in which I’ve been making up for a relaxing Easter and so far it is working out. This week has been pretty productive. However, another tip I will have is even if you’ve had an unproductive Easter don’t worry so much if you have one or two days which are not as productive, or do not feel as productive as you would want them to be. If you start worrying about this then you’re just literally going to worry yourself sick, which is the last thing you need at this point in the year.
I hope you all have a productive month!