How to Keep Studying in Summer: Tips for Students
It is difficult to keep studying in the summer. You feel a little cheated because you have been studying all year and now you want to be able to forget about work and do something else. It is a solid idea and not the worst thing you could ever do, but if you do wish to keep studying during the summer, then here are a few snippets of advice to help you.
Make a plan to devote 15 minutes through Monday to Friday
This is a rather labor intensive method for studying during the summer, and you can alter it to suit you, such as studying for fifteen minutes every three days. It works to help you study during summer because it is part of a plan. As part of a plan it is easier to follow and helps you keep track of your progress. Without a plan, you may feel as if you are doing too much or too little, or may feel that the intervals between studies are too long.
Work on a learning project that requires further effort
A learning project can be anything. You may be teaching yourself how to program so you can build an app, or your project may be a teaching course for certain elements of your study. The point of your project is to help you learn as a side effect. By completing or working on your project you are also studying and learning.
Blog your study notes every week
One project you could try is to start a blog. The trouble is that you may not have a topic or subject to write about every week. That is where your study notes come in. You can turn the notes you make whilst studying into the content for your blog. You may study a chapter of your textbook and make notes on it. Those notes are then used to create a blog post. The idea is that they are helpful to other students that want to refresh their knowledge.
Study with your beloved or at least with a willing friend
When you study with another person then it becomes a little easier and less of a drudge. It becomes more of a social event so long as you can both keep your distractions to a minimum. Even having other people in the room can help you study because it appears less boring. If you study with the person you are dating, then it is nice being able to spend time together. If you are single, then see if there are any friends you have that also want to study a little during summer.
Use a bit of willpower and/or discipline
Just plain forcing yourself to do it is an option. It takes either willpower so that you are not distracted, and/or discipline so that you actually do the work in the first place. Still, even though it is the least desirable of all the options on this list, it is still an option you can choose.
Read at the same time every night
If you get yourself into a routine, then you will find that studying is less of a chore. It simply becomes a habit, and since it is a positive habit, you will benefit from it in the long run. Read at the same time every night and soon you will do it without even realizing it. You will also shed that feeling of drudgery at the thought of doing the work. You will soon start to feel the benefit, and within a short time, you will start to wonder why you have not been doing it for years.
Be wary of reading before you go to bed
Reading just before you go to bed is not a good idea unless you have the mental discipline to make sure you never fall asleep whilst reading. Our minds are not as complex as we like to think. If you introduce your brain to an idea, then after a while it will start to adopt it.
For example, if you decide to start eating at 1pm, then you will find yourself starting to get hungry at around 12:30pm. If you start reading just before bed then your mind will associate reading with being tired. Worse still, if you read so that you may go to sleep, then your brain will start to associate reading with going to sleep. If you regularly fall asleep in bed at night whilst reading, then you are doing the worst of all, which is to train your mind to fall asleep when reading. Be wary if you read at night, as you may be training your brain to feel tired and even go to sleep when reading–which is not going to help you when you read during the day.
The article is provided by the freelance writer & editor Veronica May from Allcorrect.org. She used to write for different blogs about education and creative writing.