First, we should all take a moment to thank BUSU – Brock University Students’ Union – for bringing a Fall Reading Week to our school! As part of Brock’s initiative toward creating and promoting positive mental health around campus, the October Reading Week serves as a way for us Badgers to alleviate some of the everyday stresses associated with being a busy student. We are very lucky to have this program included in our academic term and so we should use this time wisely! As our mid-semester break quickly approaches, some students may be wondering if this is a time to “pause” or “fast-forward’ or maybe even ‘stop’ our productivity altogether. Confused? Allow me to explain…
Every student has a different idea of what Reading Week means to them. For some, a week off is exactly that – a week to relax at home with friends and family and do absolutely anything BUT think about school assignments. If you are shocked at the idea of spending your week off doing more schoolwork, then don’t force yourself to. This approach is wonderful if it suits your learning style and the demands of your program.
For other students, however, Reading Week is code for “catch up and try to get ahead.” If this method sounds desirable then maybe you might want to study for that upcoming midterm, skip ahead on your class reading list, or even just review some material that you didn’t quite understand the first time. Personally, I am most successful during my time away from Brock when I plan out a tentative study schedule in advance. This involves figuring out what homework it is that needs to be accomplished and sticking to it. Just be sure to set realistic goals and don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get it all done; twelve straight hours of reading will be unproductive and drive any student crazy!
On the flipside, don’t feel guilty if you do take this time to just forget about the pressures of school. Perhaps a rest is what you truly needed. It’s important to allow yourself time to process what it is that you’re learning and frequent breaks can kick start this process. Isn’t that the purpose of the Fall Reading Week after all?
Perhaps you’ve even come to the realization that the best way to be successful over the break is to allow for a combination of relaxation and schoolwork. This could mean spending a respectable amount of time doing homework and then planning fun activities as a reward. Plan your days accordingly and try not to tackle too much at once. For example, reading two novels, writing an essay, and studying for an exam might not be possible if you’re away on vacation. In this scenario, maybe you’re comfortable just bringing along some textbooks to read over…if you get the chance, that is.
Well, whatever your plans may be for this year’s Fall Reading Week, remember to take at least some time to de-stress and have fun! With that, I wish all of you Badgers a safe and happy break and I look forward to seeing your rejuvenated faces again soon!