Attending summer school while everyone is out enjoying the sun doesn’t sound like an ideal way to enjoy the break. The weather is hardly conducive to spending your days inside studying, and you’re probably wondering, “How am I going to muster up the motivation I need to prepare for assessments and the final exam?”
Don’t despair! Here are some tips to help you stay focused, do well, and still find a bit of time to get to the pool or beach…
1. Have a study routine
As summer school subjects are intense and it’s important to keep on top of the work. Avoid the temptation to snooze until midday and instead, get up and tackle two hours of study every morning, leaving the rest of your day free for summer holiday activities.
2. Go to class
Yes that’s right. Don’t give in to the temptation to ditch class and go to the movies. Summer subjects tend to involve fewer classes than normal due to the condensed teaching format and all of the public holidays, so skipping a class can mean that you miss out on a lot more material than what you would during a normal semester.
3. Start preparing for your final exam NOW!
You may be thinking, “But I have only just handed in my major assessment task, and I don’t have an exam for a while.” WRONG! Due to the shortened teaching format, exams are probably just around the corner in early February (roughly four weeks away). So get cracking and start preparing!
4. Remember why you enrolled in summer school
Motivation can be the toughest part about summer school. Whether you enrolled to cut down on your workload during normal semester time, or to accelerate your degree, remember why you are undertaking summer subjects and use these reasons as motivation!
5. Reward yourself
Since you are probably only undertaking one or two subjects, if you stick to a study routine you should still have plenty of time to get out there and enjoy the summer months. Don’t spend all your time in the library; make sure you take time out to relax and reward yourself for the fact that you are studying while most students aren’t.
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