Is all this study getting to you? Are you hitting refresh on Facebook every five seconds while your half-read lecture notes loom in another tab?
It sounds like you need a break (from social media procrastination and study!).
There are a few things you can do to optimise your study time and ensure your breaks are efficient and rejuvenating.
- Make a task list. Finished writing section 3.4? Finished reading chapter 11? Tick.
- Set breaks periodically. Have a break after set time periods or when you reach a milestone. Maybe even set a timer.
- Get some exercise. Moving will help stimulate your brain. Why not do some stretches to loosen up?
- Have a snack. Fuel your mind. Trading times for on-campus food outlets can be found here.
- Go outside. Catch that Vitamin D.
- Don’t heck your social media accounts in the interim. You—close that Facebook tab!
- Don’t start a new series on Netflix. Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why can wait!
- Don’t set unrealistic goals. No, you can’t finish summarising the entire semester’s course readings in one night.
We constantly stress about impending assessment while procrastinating on the essay, presentation, project or study. It’s a perceptual cycle of stress!
The best way to kick that stress? In the words of Nike, Just Do It (with some study breaks).
Whether you need to take a quick study break, or want some fun weekend activities that won’t hurt your uni student budget, a nature walk is a great way to get outdoors, clear your mind and enjoy yourself. Plus, you can totally justify your late-night Nutella consumption, ‘cause you spent your day being active, right?
Take a look at our suggestions below for some nature walking inspo:
Nathan & Mt Gravatt
Both these campuses are literally in a forest. Toohey Forest. Like that meme ‘I went to Australia and our university was in a forest’? Surely she was talking about Nathan campus!
There are myriad bush walks throughout Toohey Forest, and many start from various points surrounding our Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses. So. Convenient.
Find a comprehensive map here.
Did you know there are actually a bunch of creeks around Gold Coast campus? Walk along the streams of Biggera Creek which runs through Ballybunion Park and Keith Hunt Park, or check out Loders Creek from Southport Reserve, Sungold Reserve and Black Stump Park.
You lucky ducks! Your campus is nestled away in the South Bank Parklands. Take a stroll through the tranquil settings, or possibly visit the Nepal Peace Pagoda and practice some quiet mindfulness. When the weather heats up again, you could even dip your feet in the water at Streets Beach.
The entire campus itself is great for an escape. Why not explore the meadow-ey grounds, or take a walk to Lake Ellerslie at the entrance on University Drive?
Has Trimester 2 left you with the strangest urge to take naps absolutely anywhere every chance you get?
If the amount of ‘study time’ spent on the library bean bags is anything to go by, it’s fair to say a recharge is desperately needed. Lucky for you, it’s Recharge Week (see what we did there?).
Recharge Week is Griffith’s gift to your internal battery. Take the time to give yourself a breather between now and Exam Weeks (sorry to bring that up).
We all know how important it is to do your best at uni, but taking the best care of yourself is essential. And, bonus! Studies have proven that taking time out can actually increase your productivity and success…as long as you come back once you’re recharged!
Recharge Week Events will be held at every campus, providing some fun and unusual ways to recharge. You might even learn your future marks from a clairvoyant reading! Or just get warned that ‘you’re about to take a journey…’ or should be on the lookout for a ‘tall handsome stranger’.
Come along to a Griffith Recharge Week event, or if none of these are your thing, arrange your own Recharge activities, like binge-watching Game of Thrones. That’s bound to be relaxing, right?!
There’s an app for almost everything, nowadays, isn’t there? So, have you ever thought about using an app to help you study? I mean, it is study week.
Below, we’ve listed some handy apps to help you with your study this exam period.
Developer: Charlie Stigler & Steve Lambert
Available: Online for Mac OSX
Super skilled at procrastinating? Can’t resist the urge to check your social media news feed, or trying to avoid calculus by watching YouTube videos of kittens? SelfControl lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click start. Until that timer expires, you’ll be unable to access those sites – even if you restart your computer or delete the app! A necessary evil, possibly?
2. Dragon Dictation
Developer: Nuance Communications
Available: App store
Fingers hurt from typing too much (It’s a real problem!)? No worries. Get Dragon Dictation and use your voice to dictate your study notes – simply speak and see your content appear on screen.
Memorise info like a pro using this flashcards app, designed to help you learn.
Because everybody needs a good dictionary in their life.
Struggling to find the motivation to write your assignment, unless there’s a looming deadline no more than 24 hours away? Meet: Write or Die. Write or Die is an online app (which you can also download to your iPhone) that gives consequences for distraction and procrastination. As long as you keep writing, everything is fine, but if you become distracted there are customisable consequences.
6. The Hemingway App
Developer: Adam Long & Ben Long
Ready to be judged? This app allows you to paste in content you have written and have it critiqued, to make your writing bold and clear. The app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors. It’s especially handy if you have a problem with verbosity (don’t know what that means? Refer to app #4).
What do Charles Darwin, Abraham Lincoln, and Sigmund Freud have in common? Well, apart from being dead… They’re all great at time management.
Time management is a key factor to a balanced life – and, academic success.
For example, if you start your assignment the night before, chances are (a) you’re not gonna get a HD, and (b) you’re not great at time management. And, I’ll guess you probably spent the week beforehand stressing about the assignment a little? (#notfun)
Below, we’ve compiled a list of time management tips to help you stay on top of things and avoid turning into a stress-head.
Plan things early
Have an assignment due in three weeks, or an exam coming up? Start two to three weeks beforehand. By working incrementally on the assignment, you’ll feel better knowing it’s started, and will surprise yourself with the progress you make! Stick the dates in your calendar, and maybe even include deadlines for progress.
Write a to-do list
Get your task list out of your brain and onto a piece of paper. But make sure it’s attainable. You’re not going to finish 10 separate readings and write the introduction, methodology, and discussion of an assignment piece all in one day. Be realistic, and space it out. This will help you achieve goals and stay on track, plus ticking off an item always feels good.
Prioritise your work
Complete the most pressing tasks first. Yes, you may need to buy a Fathers Day present eventually, but it can probably wait until after you’ve finished your class readings for the week.
Take a break
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (it’s a proverb, look it up). Don’t spend all your time studying, you’ll go mad. Take a break, got outside. Sunlight’s always good. Or check out our post on movies to take a break to. But don’t start watching 13 Reasons Why in your break, because trust us, you won’t stop.
Semester two is coming into the homestretch – exams are galloping towards us and it’s a race against time to get finals-ready.
But odds are, you’ll need a short study break to recharge, rejuvenate and refresh. And what better way then to watch the Melbourne Cup.
We got it straight from the horse’s mouth that you can watch the big race live on the library screens at 2pm this afternoon. So hold onto your hat, bet your bottom dollar, get on your high horse and join us in the library.
The annual Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest horse race and attracts over 100,000 punters to Flemington Racecourse. The greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington and battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.
So enjoy your study break and if you’ve put a sneaky bet on, good luck!