1. Enroll in a class just for funIt is normal to feel eager about simply getting all the required classes out of the way to earn that diploma. While completing one’s degree requirements on time certainly has its benefits, so does exploring other areas of interest. Whether you are currently in high school or college, you likely have a variety of courses at your fingertips that you may be able to take at no extra charge. Why not enroll in an elective class that intrigues you and is completely unrelated to your major? Take a break from your demanding core requirements; dabble in a foreign language, drawing and painting, or philosophy. While you may feel decided on one area of study, exploring other options can reveal a passion you did not know you had for another discipline. Be adventurous!
2. Get away for a few daysAfter a long semester of lectures and studying, you deserve a hiatus to help you recharge. You do not have to take an extensive and pricey vacation to feel like you got away; even a weekend trip to someplace nearby can leave you relaxed and ready to conquer what comes your way. A change of scenery can also teach you to appreciate what you have. Everyone can relate to having an unforgettable vacation, yet feeling ready to return to the daily routine of a familiar place. Not sure where you want to visit? Luckily, many travel websites have a feature that allows you to search for destinations by distance, time, cost, and other filters. For example, you can look for destinations within 50 miles and note that you want to spend no more than $150 on a round-trip flight. Anything is possible—you could even learn some new things along the way (perhaps your destination is near a famous art museum or historic hiking trails).
3. Revamp your study spaceNow that the previous semester has ended and you have likely done a great deal of studying, you should have an idea of your study area’s strengths and weaknesses. Which aspects of your study space were conducive to learning, and which ones could be improved? Consider the lighting, temperature, décor, layout, and comfort level. Even the color scheme of a room tends to have a psychological effect on those within it. The ideal study space should have sufficient natural lighting and a temperature that neither induces sleep nor resembles an ice box. You should decorate your study space according to your personality, yet ensure it is organized and clutter-free. The idea should be to create a study environment that is inviting to you, but not so cozy that it distracts you from your schoolwork. Before you scramble to prepare for spring semester, reward yourself for all your hard work thus far. Holiday break is meant to be enjoyed in merriment with your loved ones. Once you get a moment to gather your thoughts, though, try out the above suggestions.
Tiffany Sorensen is a professional tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.