For a lot of current college students, spring break is that time of year when they plan to go on vacations, go back home to see family and friends, or simply escape to a warmer climate as Winter comes to an end. Are you one of those people?
If you are, I’m sure you are trying to plan your studying too. Do you take your books and lectures with you? Or do you take a break? After all, you’ve been working hard and you deserve it, right? Who wants to be listening to lectures about leases or depreciation on the beach anyways? It’s difficult for sure. But if you want to enjoy your break while at the same time not losing your study momentum completely, here are a few things you can do.
Use your change of environment to your advantage.
Some people take stacks of books with them to read while travelling. If you’re on a cruise, sitting by the pool, you can use some of that down time and watch some lectures or read the materials. You can watch the lectures on your mobile device or your iPad. If you’re at your hotel waiting for the next activity, you can tackle some MCQs from the comfort of your room with available Wi-Fi. Sometimes putting yourself in a different environment can help boost your stud productivity, especially if you set reward systems for yourself, like answering 10 MCQs before you can hop into the Jacuzzi!
Use the time difference to your advantage.
Depending on where you are from and where you are going to for vacation, you might find yourself up very early or staying up very late with nothing to do. Use that time for studying. Even if it is just an hour, you’ll thank yourself later. That’s a whole hour’s worth of lecture time, MCQs, or review that you can use to boost your score by an extra few points. And that might be the difference between passing and failing.
Use your mode of transportation to study.
Are you going to be stuck on a plane, train, or car for 5 or 7 hours? Most airlines, trains, and even buses now have Wi-Fi; even if it is for a small fee, it’s totally worth it. Use that time to watch lectures (it’s much better for you than the movies!), read the materials, use flashcards, or do homework. The time will go faster and you’ll feel really good about yourself.
“If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”― Jim Rohn
--Margo Pacific, Guest Blogger for Roger CPA Review