The half term is here and it’s time for a short break from the stresses of school. If you’re not on holiday or spending time with family, the half term break is a great time to get ahead in the life and study department. Problem is, it can sometimes be hard to get yourself motivated.
To help out, we've come up with a few useful ways to spend your half term break to get you recharged and ready for the rest of the year.
Start a study group
With school and extracurricular activities out of the way, you might be wanting to do some revision. But studying by yourself can be hard and it’s not always easy to stay motivated. So, now that all your friends have some free time: why not start revising together? Research has shown that study groups can improve your grades and get you on the track to passing your exams.
Round up a group of 3-6 friends, choose a subject and let the revision begin! Just make sure you structure the session by writing down a list of what you want to focus on. Once you’ve had a go, you could even try catching up all throughout the term. The best part? You’re studying while hanging out with friends. Win-win.
Visit a careers show
If you’re not doing work experience in the half term, hitting up a careers show can get you ahead in the work department. Many universities and organisations run events where you can go meet employers and talk to them about what it’s like to work for them. You can find out more about an industry you like or get an idea for what kind of experience you'll need to get the student job you want. Check out this website to find out what's on in your area.
Re-vamp your study space
Spending one week at home can wreck havoc on your bedroom. Sure, you’ll “clean it up later”, but did you know that an organised study space can improve your ability to study?
Take an afternoon out to give yours a little more flair. Invest in some stationery like a pin board or a storage box. If you’re studying English or a subject that requires lots of textbooks, find a place to keep them or sort them by author or subject. And finally: tidy up! Nothing is more motivating than a clean, sparkling room!
Go to an open day
If you’re thinking about heading off to uni or college, visiting a campus is a great way to spend some of your spare time. Open days give you the chance to experience a campus first hand and see if it’s right for you.
You’ll be able to ask actual students what they think and even check out the student housing. Since you’ll be spending most of your time in this place, open days are an important part of choosing where you want to study.
Many universities and colleges are running open days throughout the half-term. To find out where, take a look at this calendar.