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Holiday study tips from the experts

Athabasca University’s study model is brought to you by the letter ‘B.’ Balance.

What your particular version of that is, is entirely up to you, however, when we asked students what they thought about holiday studying tips, here’s how they answered:

Holiday balance

Daniel has a particularly sophisticated model for time-savings and literal savings:

  • “Focus on ‘productive procrastination’ style tasks that do help you but which can be done while watching TV. This includes scanning, printing, organizing files. Also, make copies of files and back them up on a hard drive. This usually takes a long time and the computer cannot be turned off during this process. As such it is a perfect ‘stay inside because it’s cold outside’ chore. Also, buy office furniture during Boxing Day sales because it won’t be any cheaper any other time of the year.”

Kevin takes advantage of winter road trips:

  • “If you’re driving a longish distance to a gathering and are alternating driving duties with someone, do some readings for school on the way.”

Robin believes that studying is best done with a friendly companion:

  • “Have a comfortable workspace, lots of blankets and coffee, and at least one warm dog (and a spare open book that you don’t need for said dog to sleep on so it won’t sleep on the books you actually do need).”

Shirley is committed to the cause:

  • “Schedule your study days/times TODAY – and stick to it.”

Cody has twins. Cody is very busy (but still a really dedicated student):

  • “Pray that my family takes my twins for a few hours a day so I can get to work hahaha”

Angela doesn’t lose focus:

  • “Be like the Grinch! Business as usual 👍🏽”

Janice depends on an old adage:

  • “Balance, commitment, plan your breaks”

Vanessa, while dedicated, is maybe misunderstanding the whole ‘balance’ thing:

  • “Set aside time and wine”

Joan offers some practical advice on how to enjoy (a bit) but still maintaining focus:

  • “Have one real drink at get togethers, then drink Perrier. And leave early. Remember your commitment to yourself and all the things you gave up to make your dream come true.”

Paul understands the hustle and bustle can get in the way:

  • “I go to the library to get away from all distractions.”

Kelli-Ann knows that the rooster crows:

  • “Start your day a bit earlier. You can get a couple of quiet hours in before the hustle and bustle of the holidays starts. That way as the day goes on and gets busier you know that you have already accomplished your homework goals and can enjoy the fun!”

Shannon wraps it up nicely with a bow:

  • “Balance – setting time for both school work and recreation time.”

Ho ho hold off studying?

And then there are those who treasure the moments and will not study during the holidays. If you can swing it, good for you!

Samson has a great motto:

  • “Don’t study during the holidays. Just enjoy your holiday and save your studies for later. 🙂”

Alison sets aside some family time:

  • “Get it done before the kids come home! My deadline, December 21 then nothing until January 7!”

Rupali relaxes:

  • “Please don’t study during holidays. You won’t enjoy the study and also spoil your holiday. Just chill.”

Dylan’s is short but sweet:

  • “Don’t”

Happy Holidays!

  • December 7, 2018