Come on! There’s so much food, distracting smells, the house is full of family and you say study? Sadly…Yes!

You’ve worked very hard through the session: logging in to your classes, studying and writing papers. And while you’ve definitely earned a few weeks of relaxation, it’s better if you don’t stray too far from the good study habits you’ve imbibed over the past few months.

If you aren’t sure what to do during Christmas break to keep your study skills sharp, here are some ideas that may help you face your next round of courses with confidence:

  • Get a jump on next session: What class or classes are next up on your schedule? If you’re particularly concerned about a potentially challenging class, doing some general online reading and preparation around the topic during winter break may make the material easier to grasp when you encounter it officially.
  • Pursue an interest different from your degree program: Winter break is a great time to pursue a topic you’re interested in but can’t fit into your regular academic program. Delve into blogs, online tutorials, videos and other resources that can help you build a foundation of knowledge in an exciting new area.
  • Cultivate a leisure reading habit: College students spend a lot of time reading but often have few opportunities to read for fun or even enjoy it.  Many students also have jobs and families, making spare time just a dream. Investing time during the break to return to or build a habit of reading for enjoyment is another effective way to keep your mind working.
  • Be a backyard tourist. Finally, if you want to extend learning and studying into the christmas break, but prefer to learn in an active manner, plan some field trips for yourself. Look for cultural and educational opportunities in and around your community. Many local libraries offer workshops and seminars, which are often free. Museums of all sizes also provide great options for learning about art and history, and may offer student discounts for admission.

Studying over Christmas break may not be what you envision for your time off. But using one of the above suggestions, and maintaining a regular routine of reading, studying and learning, can help you transition and adjust when the time comes to return for the next term.