Tips for Managing Reading Week

Tips for Managing Reading Week

It is almost that time of year! The time that students everywhere look forward to… Reading Week!

I have been attending GPRC for the past four years. The first two years, I was taking just a class or two, but the past two years I have been a full-time student.  As a student I have very mixed feelings about Reading Week. It’s hard to not love the break, but truth be told, I have a really hard time getting back into the swing of things after Reading Week ends.  With that in mind, if anyone else feels the same struggles as I do, I have compiled a list of a few tips to help you with managing and staying on track during your Reading Week.

  1. Take the time at the beginning of the Reading Week break to make a list of what you want to accomplish over the week. Make a list, and plan the things that you want to do with your time.
  2. Get some rest during the week.
    Our brains are so tired, we really do need some sleep. Treat yourself to some early bedtimes.
  3. During your week off give yourself some time to plan out your next two months of school. Make a schedule using your course outlines as a guide to what is coming up. There is going to be a lot to do, but with a plan in place, you are laying out the ground work for success.
  4. Use some of Reading Week to get caught up. Whether that means doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning your house, or maybe making some meals for the week ahead.
  5. Plan some “you-time”. For myself, this means catching up on texts and phone calls, doing some Netflix binging, and taking my dog, Richelieu (shown in picture), for some good walks. Whatever it is, do things that make you feel good, things that have been weighing on your mind when you are busy with school.

  1. Don’t stop doing school work for the whole week. This is a big one. It is so hard to get back at it once you have completely stopped. I give myself a few days totally off, but then I start slowly getting back into the school routine.
  1. Use the weekend before school starts as a regular weekend. Meaning, use your weekend as you normally would during the school year.
    For me, that means coming to the college to study for a few hours, especially on Saturday, because that is what I do most weekends.

It definitely would be easy to take the whole week off, and I have done that… but the fact is, I’m way more successful at handling the after break blues when I follow these tips.

Have a great Reading Week everyone!

Submitted by Jessica Fontaine Gwin, Student Ambassador

Time Management Essentials

Time Management Essentials

Written by Kiana Pennington

“Time management” is a phrase heard over and over in college, and honestly, I cringe at the sound of those words. I wish time management were not as important as it is, but as a full-time student who also works a 20+ hour work week, time management is crucial.

As a returning student, I felt incredibly confident in my time management skills because I had learned the ins and outs in my first year – yet here I sit, at the end of the third week of classes, behind in all of my readings. So to quote my mother, “do as I say, and not as I do.”

To be successful, planning is essential:

  • Buy a day planner. Write down everything, including your Netflix time, you will not be able to remember all that needs to be done.
  • Be proactive, start assignments early to avoid that unhealthy, rip-your-hair-out deadline stress.
  • Take breaks. It has been incredibly helpful for myself to set a timer. 30 minutes of work, 5 minute Facebook break.

Your health is important:

  • Sleep – Sleep is so good. Sleep is so friendly. Sleep will never let you down.
  • Water – I am waiting for the day that the medical world comes out with a caffeine IV drip, but until then, drink a water between your many coffees.
  • Exercise – Remember that day planner? Pencil it in. Burn off that inevitable stress.

One of the last and most important things to learn is when to give up. There comes a point where your brain hits a wall, and the best way to fix it is to close your laptop, or your textbook. Do not cram, it is not helpful.

Just remember, if you did the work, it is impossible to fail. Have faith in yourself. At the end of the day, the biggest thing that I have to do is tell myself that I will be okay, regardless of whether or not I believe that statement. As important as time management is, attitude is even more so.

 Kiana Pennington is one of GPRC’s Education Ambassadors