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Keep your brain ticking over summer

Keep your brain ticking over summer

After a busy and tiresome year at uni, the thought of completing another session in summer school can be somewhat daunting.

It’s important to remember you are not alone and simply think of completing a subject as one step closer to reaching your goal of attaining your degree.

Follow this guide to get you on your way to entering your dream career and to keep you open to learning over summer.

Study with friends

Studying alone can sometimes be isolating and overwhelming, not to mention living away from home over the festive season.

So why not combine your social life with uni? Make a day of it, meet up at the library and help each other get through all your assessments.

Motivating one another is the most effective way to keep learning and to not burn out. Who knows, maybe you’ll even learn something new by studying with a fellow student!

Set aside time each day for reading

It’s important to create small disciplines for yourself every day to ensure you stay on top of your degree.

Simply set a time limit of 30 minutes a day to read through your modules, your readings and journal articles and highlight important points.

This will not only strengthen your knowledge and aid you to complete your assignments, but it will lift the work burden tenfold.

Reward yourself

It is so much easier to study and focus on your work when you know there’s something to look forward to.

It could be going out with friends for dinner, going for a swim at the beach or simply going for a walk: small rewards keep you motivated and act as a break from study.

Try and understand your studying style

Whether you learn better by seeing things (visual) or listening to study notes (audio), everyone benefits from their unique studying style.

You have to study for your entire degree, so why not make it interesting and maximise your productivity by studying in the best possible way for you. Get creative and find what works.


It can be overwhelming having a huge to-do list, so make sure you prioritise the most important tasks and feel joy in ticking them off as you go.

Remember there are always tutors and academic staff willing to help with anything you need and your peers will often have the same questions as you.

Take a time limited approach in which you schedule your tasks

Ask yourself ‘how much can I achieve in the next 2 hours?’ instead of ‘Can I complete all tasks?’

In this way, you will not get as easily overwhelmed with the volume of study you need to do. And remember, always try and do your best and don’t compare yourself to others! You run your own race.

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