With the end of the semester on the horizon, it’s time to consider how you are going to spend your break to prepare for the next semester. To help you get started, we’ve assembled a few tips to get the most out of your break.
Take Time to Re-Charge
You’ve worked hard all semester, and your semester break should, first and foremost, be a time to allow your mind and body to re-charge. The time between semesters will allow you to catch up on the much-needed sleep your body has lost while you were studying for end-of-semester exams and completing final projects.
Why not use this time to catch up on some pleasure reading? Reading is a great way to relax on a warm summer day while keeping your mind active and learning new things.
Analyze Last Semester
After a few weeks have passed since the end of the last semester, take some time to look back and see what worked and what didn’t. How were you studying? What atmosphere worked best for schoolwork? How was your balance between work, family obligations, your social life and schoolwork?
Be honest with yourself while analyzing the past semester, and make notes of what changes you can implement to be a better, more efficient student next semester.
When your main focus is not studying for tests and completing projects, you’ll have more time to network in your field of interest. Semester breaks provide tremendous opportunities to take advantage of an internship or volunteer opportunity. As we’ve talked about in the post How to Gain Professional Experience, internships and volunteering can go a long way when you begin searching for a new job.
Begin Planning for Next Semester
Although it’s important to enjoy your break, you also want to make sure you are fully prepared to hit the books next semester. Look at your analysis of last semester, and make sure you have everything in place to make needed changes. Ensure your schedule is manageable and you have plenty of time set aside for studying.
The more organized you are at the beginning of a semester, the more prepared you will be to handle life’s stresses throughout the semester.
Everyone has their own semester break routines to prepare for the next semester. What tips do you have to share with fellow students on the best way to spend break?