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As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it's
important to keep your study and social lives in harmonious balance
It's happened. Spring has well and truly sprung. The colour and
abundance of nature is coming into bloom everywhere. Suddenly the idea
of being out and about in this new found warmth is very appealing indeed.
But don't forget about your studies.
Welcome to TAFE NSW's spring semester - the final stretch of the
year. And while you may be tempted to kick off that winter heaviness
and inertia with a bit of light-hearted frolicking among the daisies,
it's more important now than ever to keep your eyes on your study
goals for the year. There's plenty of balmy weather ahead over the
next couple of months, and you'll enjoy it all the more knowing you
did justice to your studies. Here are some simple tips to help you
remain focused for the next crucial two months.
It's likely you'll have more assignments due during this semester
than the previous ones. Help keep your mind organised and make a
calendar of exactly what's due when. And not just a digital calendar.
Write or print it out and put it up where you'll see it regularly.
This way none of those deadlines will be able to creep up on you.
We're certainly not saying eliminate them altogether and become a
hermit for the next two months. It's very important to take regular
breaks from your studies and a healthy social life is a great way of
recharging yourself. As the weather gets warmer and the days get
longer, it's important to keep your study and social lives in
harmonious balance. In other words, you can continue your studies
and smell the flowers too. Or even eat them if that's your thing.
This might seem obvious, but it can still be very easy to fall into
unhealthy dietary habits and sleep patterns. Maintain a nutritious
balanced diet with plenty of fresh whole foods and aim for about eight
hours of good sleep every night. You'd be surprised at the difference
this can make to your ability to absorb information and concentrate.
And you'll feel better too.
Last minute cramming for exams might work for some people, but
they're probably the exception rather than the rule. If you give your
studies the time they deserve, spread evenly throughout the semester,
you'll be much better prepared for those exams. And you'll avoid a lot
of unnecessary stress in the process. Break the semester down into
individual weeks and chunk your workload that way.
You've come a long way. It's important to acknowledge the year's
achievements and treat yourself to something nice for a job well done.
And whether there's more study on the way next year or whether you're
planning on some different kind of adventures, these milestones
deserve to be celebrated.