By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
With Spring Break only days away, school is the last thing students (myself included) want to think about. But staying on top of school during the break can really help your stress level and well being for the remainder of this semester. Here are some tips you can use to get ahead and use time wisely during spring break:
1. Look at your syllabi.
Find your syllabi for each class and focus on the next two weeks of classes after the break.
2. Make a list.
Write down the assignments, readings and homework for each class for these next two weeks.
3. Choose a few assignments to complete over break either from each class or from one or two classes.
Getting future readings done is a good use of time and they’re easy to do while lying on the beach, flying on a plane or riding in a car. If the readings are for the not-so-near future, take notes in the margins or on a laptop so that before the due date you can review what you read. It’s a real time saver!
4.Figure out when you’re going to accomplish your academic goals.
Instead of simply packing homework, plan ahead: allocate time to work. I usually pick one assignment per day. I know I’m going to the beach during my break, so I’m going to read a book for my International Relations class on those days. So, don’t let the work get in the way of your plans, but find a way to fit them in.
5. Find a way to reward yourself!
Getting even one assignment done during the break is an accomplishment in itself, so find a way to reward yourself. It’ll help motivate your studies.
Homework is important, but remember to also have fun. Spring Break should give students a breather from the busy life of a BU student. Get work done, but in the words of Donna and Tom from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”, “treat yo self” to a fun week. We all deserve it!