TRSM’s Fall 2016 Study Week (aka Reading Week) runs from October 8th to October 14th. To help you make the most of a class-free week, Kaitlyn VanderKruk and Mathew Catangui, who work as Peer Academic Coaches in our Academic Success Centre, have put together the following tips.

Manage Your Time Wisely with To-Do Lists

First things first: plan out your reading week with to-do lists. Check your course outline to see what assignments or exams are coming up soon so you can prioritize your time wisely. Create yourself a to-do list, which will help you see what needs to get done. Not all classes need equal work, so look at your workload to see which classes need more time than others. Once you’ve completed a task, cross it off! This will give you tangible and visual proof of your accomplishment.

Find a Personal Study Spot (and Keep It Consistent!)

As many of us head home for the long weekend, our usual study spaces tend to get left behind. One way to get the most out of your reading week is to find or create your study spot for the week. By keeping the place consistent you will be able to remember information more easily when it comes time to write exams and you’ll be in the proper mindset when working on assignments.

Bench in Autumn

The perfect fall study spot?

Get Caught Up

Let’s be honest: we probably skipped a reading, or two, or maybe even three, but that’s OK! Now is the perfect time to catch up and complete those readings so you feel caught up with the rest of the class. This will help ensure that you’re not feeling overwhelmed when it’s time to go back to school after reading week.

Take Breaks

As much as you may want to finish everything in one go, trying to get all your work done in one sitting is not the best way to be productive, nor is it very fun. Try to keep a consistent schedule: study or work on an assignment for about 45 minutes, and then give yourself a 15-minute break. Try to avoid going on social media and other distracting technology, because as we all know, 15 minutes of YouTube, Netflix, or Facebook can turn into a few hours.

Smartphone in Autumn

Don’t forget to take some breaks and enjoy the week!

Reward Yourself

At the end of the day, you still want to have fun (it is reading week after all!). Give yourself a pat on the back for making it halfway through the term! Reward yourself for completing the first few weeks of school and allow yourself to feel refreshed. Try to get your work done during the week so you can relax on Friday or Saturday and celebrate your weekend.

Want to learn more about TRSM’s Academic Success Centre?

Visit our website or drop by and say hello. Our website also has lots of free tips for how you can improve your time management, note-taking, and test prep skills.

Posted by Kaitlyn VanderKruk and Mathew Catangui

Kaitlyn VanderKruk and Mathew Catangui work as Peer Academic Coaches in TRSM's Academic Success Centre. Kaitlyn is in her fourth year of Law & Business. Mathew is in his 3rd year of Retail Management and is President of the Retail Students’ Association.