Have you ever decided to take advantage of June holiday to catch up with revision only to realise at the last day that you haven’t even finished all the school-given assignments due? Many students have this problem as they don’t come up with concrete plans for the four weeks. So, how should you go about with creating an effective June holiday study plan? Here are seven tips for you to consider:
1. Assess current status
The most important thing now is to determine where you are currently. There are a few things you need to be clear on before you can start planning, one of which being your current time allocation for areas in your life like sleep, study, entertainment, etc. Many students find they tend to spend too much time on entertainment and can stand to cut back on that.
Another thing to take note of is your current study progress. Are you keeping up with your school’s pace well? It helps to think about your study methods as well and determine if they are really working for you. Here is a previous post from us that touches on study habits.
2. Consolidate materials
To make a proper June holiday study plan, you have to organise all the materials in your possession right now. These include past exam papers, lecture notes and tuition assignments, if you have any. It helps to make an index of your resources, as well as mark out the concepts you’ve had trouble with.
It pays to consolidate some materials for on-the-go studying, especially if you will be travelling overseas in June. One way to bring revision materials with you is to go digital, such as making Anki flashcards and revising via the mobile app. If not, prepare some easily portable notes that you can bring along.
3. Identify what to work on
Adding on to the previous point, in order to make full use of your well-organised arsenal of study materials, it is essential to know what you need to study. You can check either SEAB’s official subject guide or your own lecture notes to determine the chapters that might need extra rounds of revision, or those you haven’t begun preparing for yet.
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4. Make a June holiday study plan
June holiday spans from 1st of June to 30th of June, so you have slightly more than four weeks to fill in your study plan. If you prefer to plan traditionally, here are some free printable schedule templates. If you prefer the digital way, here is a list of good applications that might help.
When crafting up a schedule, make sure not to fill everything to the brim in case sudden events pop up. Set realistic goals that are achievable so you can keep motivation going instead of setting yourself up for failure!
5. Optimise your studying
Do you know your learning style? Other than the usual categories such as audio, visual and kinesthetic, it also helps to determine whether you’re a social or solitary learner, or a mix of both. Perhaps it is time to find a study partner or turn down invitations from your peers?
The physical environment of your study space also matters. Here is a list of good study spots in Singapore. We suggest having two different study environments, for example at home and at the library, so that you won’t find your progress stagnating from a lack of external stimulation.
6. Track your progress
A June holiday study plan is useless if you don’t follow it properly! Tracking is especially important because it helps you gauge where your progress is and make sure you stay up to task everyday. If you fall back on your schedule due to holiday commitments, progress tracking also makes it easier to re-distribute a new daily workload.
If you find yourself distracted often, consider downloading applications to lock your phone or certain apps in it. Remember to update your checklist and to-do memos regularly so that you can follow your June holiday study plan properly; having daily goals is a great way to track progress as well.
7. Get enough rest
Did you know that rest comes in many different forms? It’s not always a matter of getting enough hours of sleep. During the day, it helps to schedule regular break between study blocks so your brain can prepare for another bout of studying. There are ways to make your break all the more energising and here is a list of what you can do (or avoid) to make the most out of it. And of course, getting enough sleep to tide you through the next day is extremely important too.
With all these tips said, all the best with making a good June holiday study plan!
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