Updated: Sep 3
So, you've had an amazing time in the World Cup break, and we all did. you've had a break from studying and now you need to get back on track and get ready for exams.
Takeaway: It is possible to come back from a break and succeed in your classes! Here are some tips to help you do that.
If you haven't heard of study breaks yet, it means that you're not taking enough time off from studying. In fact, most students benefit from taking at least one week off every month so they can rest their mental faculties and recharge their batteries before diving into learning new material again. However, sometimes we don't know when or how long we should take these breaks—and unfortunately in my experience this leads many people to make poor decisions that ultimately harm their grades instead of helping them! So today I'm going to share with you some tips on how best to handle these situations by looking at what exactly makes up a "study break" and how it benefits both your mind and body while avoiding common mistakes made by students who aren't sure what they should be doing when they feel like taking some time off from schoolwork - because no matter what course level or major you're pursuing this advice applies equally well across disciplines
The best way to get back on track is to be organized.
The best way to get back on track is to be organized.
Here are some tips for getting organized:
Have a study plan. Make a schedule of when you will do your work and stick to it! This can help you avoid distractions and make sure that your time is spent studying instead of procrastinating. If necessary, set alarms or reminders in advance so that you remember what day it is as well as how long before the next assignment due is due (and don't forget about weekends!).
Set goals for each week. It can be really helpful if you look at your overall course load and create an achievable weekly goal for yourself based on that information—for example, if there's a big midterm coming up in two weeks but then only one other assignment after that until the end of term, then maybe the best thing you could do would be setting smaller goals such as "Finish reading chapter 8" or "Do all required reading before Wednesday". This way, even though there are still larger projects looming over them like clouds on rainy days, students will have smaller targets which keep them motivated."
Meet with your tutor regularly.
You should meet with your tutor regularly to discuss your progress. This will help you to see how well you are doing and also give you an opportunity to ask for any feedback on your assignments.
If there is anything that is confusing, do not hesitate to ask as many questions as possible because this will allow for a better understanding of the topic at hand and also prevent any confusion in future assignments.
It is recommended that each month, students book an appointment with their academic advisor who will assess their progress and offer advice on how they can improve if necessary.
A good idea would be planning out your monthly schedule with the Qutors Academic Advising Department so that both parties know what needs doing by when.
Join Study focus groups
Study focus groups are a great way to get support from other students. Don't forget to check out our Instagram page to stay updated on our IBDP study focus group sessions
You can share your problems with them, and they can help you solve them.
This is something that has been proven by science!
The more people who participate in a study group, the greater its effectiveness will be.
Set up a comfortable workspace
There are a few things you can do to ensure that your study space is conducive to effective learning. First of all, set up a workspace that is comfortable and quiet. If you need to, use headphones and try not to be distracted by background noise or other people around you. It’s also helpful to create an organized study environment where everything is easily accessible: books, notes, computer/laptop/tablet etc.
Next up: no distractions! Turn off all electronics before starting on your actual task (unless they have been approved beforehand). While there are many apps available for this purpose—such as StayFocusd—we recommend using the Self Control app if possible because it’s free! This application allows users to block accesses from websites they specify during a specified time period; once blocked, these sites will appear as grayed out icons until the timer runs out or accessibility is manually unblocked by pressing ctrl+alt+ctrl+shift+eject (Mac) or ctrl+break (Windows).
Finally, set timers for yourself so that you don't spend too much time on one thing at once; this helps us stay focused on what we need most urgently at any given moment and prevents us from procrastinating when we should be working hard instead!
Make a study plan and stick to it
Now that you've identified your goals and have a plan for achieving them, you need to make sure that you stick to your plan. It's easy to get caught up in other things and forget about what's important. To make sure that doesn't happen, it's important to set realistic goals and reward yourself when you reach them.
You can also use the following strategies:
Make a study log of all the time spent studying so that you don't feel like it's wasted time (even if it does feel like wasted time).
Reward yourself for reaching small milestones along the way by taking breaks or doing something fun (or even just eating food).
Set realistic expectations; don't try too hard or expect too much from yourself right off the bat because then when things aren't going according to schedule, it'll be harder on yourself than they should be!
Reward yourself for good work
When you've finished a chunk of work, it's important to reward yourself. This can be as simple as giving yourself a pat on the back or allowing yourself time to relax before moving onto the next task. You could also do something you enjoy—maybe go for a walk or watch an episode of your favorite show. Whatever works for you!
One way I like to reward myself is by making a chart with all my tasks listed in order from start to finish. Each time I complete one, I place an arrow on the line indicating where I am in relation to finishing my goal and then color in that section of my chart (or use stickers!) until they're all completed! It's fun because each day there are new things to add and different colored sections—I love seeing how far along I'm getting by checking out my chart at the end of each day!
Plan your week ahead
Plan your week ahead. The first thing to do is to plan out your week, making sure you can fit in all the tasks that need completing. If possible, set aside specific days for different tasks so that you can get a more balanced approach. This will also make it easier for you to stay focused on what needs doing and not be distracted by social media or other things that don't really matter right now.
Prioritize your tasks. Once you've scheduled in time for breaks and exercise (you should never go without these), decide which task has priority over others; this could be based on its importance or simply because it's due sooner than others are - whatever works best for you! Make sure this is written down somewhere so there's no chance of forgetting about it later on down the line when someone asks: "Didn't we say this would be done by now?"
Set reminders/alarms if necessary: It may seem obvious but setting reminders throughout the day has helped many people keep track of their goals when life gets busy again after their break away from work or school-related activities like studying."
Still stuck? Set up a academic consultation session with Qutors at Education City
If you’re still having trouble getting back into the swing of things, set up a free academic consultation session with Qutors at Education City. During your appointment, one of our Academic Advisors can talk to you about your study plan and goals. We can also help you figure out how to improve your study habits so that they work better for you and make it easier for you to achieve those goals. Or maybe there are some other things that need fixing in order for your strategy to be as effective as possible? Our advisors will be able to give advice on these kinds of issues too!
If you’re still stuck, we’re here for you. We have a team of tutors and academic consultants who can help you get back on track with your studies. You can book a free consultation session with one of our experts by clicking here.