Five ways to make the most out of mid-semester break
The mid-semester break is a week dedicated to wearing out highlighters, adding an extra thousand Post-it notes to hefty textbooks, and sifting through lecture slides on the search for subliminal exam hints. But realistically, you can’t spend the whole week studying. Aside from the required family time over Easter, here’s a few ways to make the most of a class-free week.
Schedule in your study
To make sure your break isn’t all work and no play, spend a little bit of time early in the week creating a study schedule. Maybe you work best in blocks of time or others could work better by ticking off tasks from a list? Creating a plan (and sticking to it) will make sure you achieve that study/relaxation balance. *Tip: If you want to really get ahead, knock over some of those assignments due in a few weeks – ‘future you’ thanks you and will be super proud.
You made it! You’re halfway through the semester. You totally deserve a treat for all your hard work so far, so make sure you set aside some time during study week to do that. Whether it’s brunch with friends or a trip to the mid-season sales, a little R&R will keep you relaxed and refreshed when you return after the break.
Sleep in (a little)
This one’s important. Not all of us are blessed with 8am lecture-free timetables, so use mid-semester break as an opportunity to switch off the alarm. Remember though, don’t sleep the day away – you still have lots to do and only a week to do it.
Catch up on your fav TV shows
TV shows…the ultimate kryptonite of any uni student when trying to finish off an assignment or studying for a quiz that’s worth 20 per cent of your final mark. Here’s the theory: if you spend some time catching up on your TV cravings during your break, the cravings won’t hit you as hard once classes go back. So pencil a ‘binge watching’ sesh (or two) into your schedule.
*Tip: Beware of the ‘just one more episode’ trap
Go on an adventure
It might be getting a little cooler but make sure you get off the couch and away from your desk for a couple of hours a day. Do something you wouldn’t normally have the time to do during semester. You could explore a part of the city you haven’t been to before; or go for a bike ride; or visit one of the many art galleries or museums. Finally and most importantly enjoy your break!