One of the best things about being an OUA student is the option to study over summer. If you’re particularly ambitious, this is your opportunity to get ahead while the rest of the world is taking their foot off the accelerator.
However, we won’t pretend it’s an easy thing to do – studying over summer can feel lonely, or perhaps like you’re missing out on all the fun. To our students who commit to the summer study terms – salute you!
Over the years our students have shared with us their strategies and techniques for making the most of their summer study periods. Here are 5 of the best bits of advice we’ve received, ready for you to test for yourself.
Make the most of the sunshine
A big part of getting your study done is reading. Now’s the time to take advantage of the fact that textbooks, Kindles and papers can travel to a lot of beautiful places during the summer months. Studying feels a lot less like studying when you’re doing it on the beach, in a park or in a hammock. Better yet, if you have a friend who loves to read too go out and do it together.
Schedule time for study and for fun
If there was ever a time to perfect your time management skills, this is it. Procrastination is a problem that becomes much worse in the summer time, particularly if you spend all day procrastinating, and lose out on time for socialising or adventures. There’s nothing worse than spending sunny days indoors, so make sure you use your study time wisely. Set yourself study ‘appointments’, keep them sacred, and that way you’ll have a lot more time for fun.
Change up your study snacks
In the wintertime it’s all about hot chocolate, hot cross buns and everything else that is sweet and comforting. Study snacks are a big part of the student lifestyle, and can be a great tool for keeping up your motivation levels. Embrace swapping out your heavier snacks for stone fruits, watermelon and cherries. And if you’re especially good – ice cream!
Exercise isn’t something you should do – it’s a must. Moving your body helps you to release stress, clear your mind, keep your blood pumping and your brain firing. Sunny weather opens up new opportunities for hiking, wandering or jogging – so get out and about and enjoy the benefits. You could even kill two birds with one stone, and listen to lectures on long walks.
Use your extra daylight hours
If you’ve committed to studying during the most sociable time of the year, don’t stress – the extra daylight hours lessen the blow. Regardless of whether you’re an early bird or night owl, you’ll find comfort in the fact that there’s still plenty of time left in the day to get out of your study nook. Pick your most productive time of day for studying, and make plans for the rest.