Preparing for Reading Week

While the countdown for Reading Week may have begun, there are several different things to keep in mind. Although Reading Week may sound like a great time to relax and sleep in, it definitely lives up to its name. If you’ve taken a look at your syllabi, you’ve probably noticed that you have a heavy amount of readings to get done. You probably also have several quizzes, papers and assignments in general. Getting things done on your week off from classes can be difficult, especially if you choose to go home for the break. The following are several tips and tricks that I have learned over my years at Nipissing. Some may seem quite obvious, but I promise, give them a go and you’ll feel much more relaxed and prepared once classes start up again!

Make a list of all the assignments that you have for the rest of the semester, organized by due date.

While it may seem daunting to make a list of everything else you have due for the semester, I’ve found that it really opens my eyes to what I have to get done. Understanding what is still expected of me for the semester ensures that I stay focused, organized, and that I plan my time efficiently. I can see the end goal, and working my way through the list gets me one step closer.

Make a homework schedule for your time off, and slowly work your way through your list.

Once I’ve made a list of everything that I have to get done, I’ve found that creating a schedule works very well for me. This way, I can reflect on how much time an assignment, paper or studying should realistically take. I work my way through my schedule and when I’m done, I’ve got time to relax. Creating a schedule ensures that I can limit my procrastination (especially when there’s the distractions of being home).

Make sure to take breaks, and enjoy time with family and friends. Don’t stress yourself to the point of being more worried when you come back than when you left.

It’s really easy to get caught up with the worries of schoolwork, especially once you realize how much you need to get done in such a short period of time. Making a checklist and schedule allows you to plan, be productive, and enjoy time with family and friends. Make sure that you take that well deserved rest. You deserve a bit of a break so make plans, have fun, and enjoy your time home because when you come back, you’re in the final weeks of your semester here at Nipissing.

I hope you all have a fantastic Reading Week and enjoy the well-deserved time with family and friends!

– Hannah