Talk about jumping head first into cold water. Post-holiday-depression is fully upon us. No more looking forward to a new year or an abundance of presents from family members. Frankly, there’s not too much that’ll happen between now and summer. However, there is still another semester left in school. Don’t let these precious weeks slip away before midterms and finals sneak up. Here are a few tips on how to refocus and recharge after the holidays.
- Eat a healthy breakfast
I know, I know, you’re sick of hearing how breakfast is the most important meal. But seriously, it is. During the holidays, it is very easy to eat a lot of sugar and junk food. Your body might need some time to come off that sugar high and you’ll come crashing down hard. Start off each morning with a nutritious meal. This will keep you laser focused until lunch.
- Remove distractions
Santa might have just gifted you a new Xbox or iPad, but put it down for a little while. Make sure to get your homework out of the way before playing with all your new gadgets. Also, sit in the front of class if you can. This will help you focus because there are less people around to distract you.
- Avoid sitting with friends
Chatting with friends is not going to give you the focus you need to stay on top of the class. If you feel the urge to speak with a fellow classmate, yet are seated in an assigned location, talk to your teacher about getting your seat switched. Also, let your friend know that this is not meant to insult or punish them; you just need to focus. You can always hang out during lunchtime!
- Take notes, then reread or rewrite them
Taking notes in class should go without saying. Take this a step further, and reread your notes that evening. If you have some spare time, try to rewrite them. Rewriting will help you memorize the material more effectively. Also, try writing class notes in different colors. Color is believed to be the most important visual experience. This function plays a significant role with memory.