Tips for summer study
So, you’re studying over Summer session. Good choice – it's a great way to get ahead, catch up or just mix up your study load! But, of course, when the sun is shining and the Christmas lights are blinking, it can be a little tricky to stay on track. Don’t worry – here are some tips to help you make the most of your Summer studies!
Schedule like you’ve never scheduled before
Look, this isn’t a new tip. But the reason you keep hearing about it is because it really works! Each Sunday, try setting aside 20 minutes and look at what you have coming up in the next two weeks – that includes social plans! Then, organise your week into a reasonable schedule (for instance, if you have class for three hours on a Wednesday morning, maybe take it easy on the study that afternoon, but block out the following morning!). Of course, remember to be flexible. After all, summer is the season of last-minute plans! Don’t beat yourself up if you skip a study session or don’t follow your schedule – just make up the time tomorrow or next week.
Don’t forget to schedule time for yourself, too. This is even more important in Summer – it’s been a hectic year, and you deserve a break. Whether this means having two study-free days each week, limiting yourself to two hours of work a day, or breaking up your study with a UTS Summer session event (on campus or online), it’s vital you take time to recharge.
Break down assignments well ahead of time
In order to effectively schedule your time, you have to actually know what’s coming up. And, giving yourself plenty of time means that when you inevitably want to take a hot afternoon off to head to the beach, you don’t need to be stressed about finishing your work!
At the start of the Summer session, jot down all your assignments, set yourself a reminder for a month before the due date, then write down all the things you’ll need to do to get the assignment done on time. Struggling? Check out the Library’s Assessment Survival tool, which will give you suggested dates for each section of your assignment.
Switch off socials when studying
It’s even easier to get distracted when the sun’s out and friends are sharing their outdoor adventures. So, here’s a step-by-step guide to switching off:
Sit at your desk
Pick up your phone
Put it on airplane mode
HURL that thing across the room (carefully – we’re not liable for any damages!)
While you don’t have to be that extreme, if you seriously want to do well at uni, you have to make an effort to avoid temptations. In the words of a certain athletic wear company – just do it.
Mix up your study space
Who says you have to chain yourself to an indoor desk to get stuff done? Certainly not us – and summer weather gives you even more study space choices! If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard or outdoor space, drag a chair out and set up an (ergonomically safe!) desk. Or, if you’re at UTS, bags yourself an Alumni Green picnic table – just don’t forget your sunscreen! Even making a change as small as shifting your desk to look out a window can help you tune into those summertime vibes.
By studying over Summer, you’re doing your future self a big favour – so why shouldn’t your current self get a reward too? Relive your childhood and dive into a bag of Zooper Doopers once you’ve finished a big task (or while you’re doing it, if that’s what you’re feeling!). Not an ice lolly fan? Take a look at your now-meticulous schedule, block out an afternoon after assignment submission time, and make your way to the beach! No matter how you relax, make sure you reward yourself for a big accomplishment, a big session, and a big year!