Balancing revision and relaxation over the holidays

Guest BloggerFirst Year, On Placement, Second Year

The Christmas break is coming up! While for some it may be a time to relax and enjoy the festive holidays, for others (like me!) there will be exams to revise for and assignments to complete during this time.

But it is just as important not to forget that it’s okay – and also a must! – to enjoy the festivities. The aim is to get a balance between relaxing and studying. It can be quite daunting figuring out how to achieve this balance at university – especially if it’s your first time doing assignments/exams at university level – so I will be giving you some of my top tips on how to do this.

First and foremost, I would recommend you go through practice exam papers to get an idea of what sort of questions may be asked in the exam. Also have a think about what you have read and covered in classes for your modules so far – a lot of stuff you’ve covered already will help you to answer questions and form arguments. If you can’t find past questions to look at, another technique is to go through each week for a module and look at what the aims and learning outcomes were for each one. From doing that, think about what questions could potentially be asked on each topic.

If you are doing assignments, I would recommend doing as much reading as you can. I know lecturers sometimes go on and on about this, but that’s because it is so important. It can sometimes be a struggle to come up with a strong argument for assignments, but the more reading you do, you’ll gain a better understanding on the topic as well as other people’s views and theories about it.

Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy the holidays! I would suggest making a timetable which you stick to. I’d recommend adopting a typical work hour schedule i.e. study from 9am-5pm with an hour lunch and 10 minute breaks every hour. After 5pm, switch off and just focus on enjoying the festive break!

Harjap, Final Year C+P Associate