The December holidays is a wonderful time of the year. It is filled with festive spirit, friends and family, outings, and many other exciting things. For many people, it is also a period of rest and you might find yourself having some free time on your hands. As a distance learning student, you could use this time wisely to catch up on your studies or work ahead in preparation for the next year.
Since it can be difficult to stay focused on your studies while those around you are busy with other things, we’ve compiled some suggestions on how to stay motivated during the December holidays:
1. Do a little bit each day
Instead of setting aside an entire day to study or do revision, rather break your work up into small sections. If you work in 1 to 2 hours of studying each day, you will have plenty of time to relax and recharge for the new year. In doing so, you’ll stay on track with your studies whilst also spending quality time with your family and friends.
2. Study in the morning
Research has shown that it’s better to study in the morning as opposed to later in the day. Furthermore, when you study in the morning while your family members are still sleeping, the house will be quiet and free of distractions. By the time they wake up and have finished their breakfast, you’ll be done and will have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy your free time.
3. Change your mind-set
When you enrolled as a student, you made a commitment to improve yourself through education. This requires dedication and can be challenging, but you might find that if you change the way you think and speak that you’ll stay focused more easily. Instead of saying “I have to study today”, rather say “I want to study today”. By using positive language and reminding yourself that this is something you want to do, you’ll stay motivated to achieve your goals.
4. Enjoy your weekends
If you are completing your studies on a part-time basis because you work during the week, you might only have time to focus on your studies over weekends. During the holidays, change your study schedule so that you rather focus on your studies during the week. Schedule your last study session on a Friday morning and then take the rest of the weekend off. On Sunday, prepare your desk or study corner for the next morning and start fresh on Monday.
We hope that you enjoy the December holidays. Use the time well to stay on track with your studies, but also give yourself a well-deserved break!
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