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How to get ahead in the build up to Christmas

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Whilst it’s true that January assessments are a good while off – and there’s definitely no need to panic – we do know lots of you will already be wondering how to juggle everything you have to do over the Christmas break. So, we’ve got a few ideas to help you get ahead.

  1. Assessment Support from the Library is here already – so make use of it!

The Library has lots on offer to help you develop effective strategies for study and revision.  Why not take a look so you can head into assessments prepared and confident.  From online resources that you can work through at your own pace to drop-in help and revise together sessions, you’ll be able to find help and support no matter where you are. You can find out more about assessment support here.

2. Plan your time so you have enough to do everything

And we mean everything. It’s really important that you have time to catch up with friends and family (even if it is online), or just watch Netflix, as well as keep on top of your studies. Balance is the key, even when you feel overwhelmed. And the best people to share their tips for managing time are your fellow students. Student bloggers Laura and Louise shared their experiences. See what works for them – and steal the things that might work for you!

3. Plan how you’re going to study – where ever you are

Going home and need to create somewhere to study? Content Ambassador, Lina has got you covered on how you can create your own sweet (study) spot.

Let your family or housemates know when you’re studying so they’re not tempted to distract you!

Have a think about what you’ve learned about you working patterns from remote working this semester and make sure you take the best bits with you (and possibly think about leaving any unhelpful habits behind!) PhD student blogger Kirstie has been mainly working from home since March and she recently wrote her top tips from the things she’s learned. Take a look here.

4. Try and stay motivated

As December gets into full swing it sometimes feels like everyone is winding down and it can be difficult to stay motivated. But, if you can keep on top of things now, and plan how you’re going to work over the break you’ll put yourself in a great position to enjoy time over Christmas and keep sane when it comes to your workload.

Good luck!

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