Every November, hundreds of students leave Campus for Thanksgiving feasts and quality time with family and friends. Others may use this four-day break to travel, or stay local and enjoy fall activities in Philadelphia. For those struggling to finish papers and study for upcoming exams, Thanksgiving can also be a challenging time. Finding the motivation to draft a literature review or work through math problems might be yawn-inducing, especially after generous helpings of turkey and pie. But for many students, some study time is a must. Depending on your academic program, there may be only two full weeks of class after Thanksgiving break! Read the tips below to balance work and play over break, so you can return to Campus feeling confident and ready to finish the semester strong.
Tip #1: Make a Plan
Before you leave for break, sit down and make a plan for how you will tackle the rest of the semester. This might include using a calendar to map out your remaining papers and final exams. Next, break down the steps it will take to complete each major assignment. You may also wish to reserve time in your calendar each week with activities like studying, research, and writing. This will also help you determine what tasks, if any, you need to complete over break.
Tip #2: Set Boundaries
If you are leaving Campus, you may have friends and family that are eager to see you — at all hours of the day and night! If you know that you do need to spend some time studying over break, set goals for what you would like to accomplish. You may also wish to set clear expectations in advance or at the beginning of break. Treat your study time like you would a solid plan with friends or family. It may be helpful to head to a quiet cafe or public library if the place you are staying in is noisy
Tip #3: Treat Yo Self!
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, use the break to celebrate and acknowledge everything you have accomplished so far this semester. Give thanks to yourself for working hard to achieve your goals, and the others that have supported you in this journey. Cherish that extra slice of pie, daytime nap, and quality time with someone you care about.
By Staff Writer: Jen Kobrin, Learning Fellow, Weingarten Learning Resources Center