So – I was definitely a part of the HSM generation , with the Summer movie of the decade, and everyone excited for what the long break was going to bring . And although I’m currently not at school now, I can’t help but notice how the excited-for-summer-vibe just isn’t quite there.
We’ve entered the 2nd half of the year, and all be it – it’s slightly better than what we had a few months ago, of course things aren’t exactly the way they used to be.
And that’s okay, but I was speaking to a 6th former yesterday about some of her plans for year 13, and how just completely warped and distorted the whole educational year has been for her entire class, and we came to this conclusion. This summer holiday, she can’t take a break from school.
“No break from school ?!”
“Nope , I mean you could … but there would be a lot for you to do before September comes round.”
“Yes you’re right, I know . Mmkay.”
There was only a little bit of convincing with this but the reasons were simple:
- Being out from school, the level of intensity to study in a proactive way has definitely decreased. – Meaning it was going to take longer to cover the same amount of work then it would have done at school , the Summer is perfect time to do it.
- You don’t want to lose structure completely – think about how hard it is to get back into school routine after 6 weeks off, think about 4 months off – those first few days are going to be excessively difficult if there’s n structure a little closer to the time . (Use the time to get back into a normal sleeping pattern).
- Even if you’re not catching up per se – it’s a good opportunity to get ahead, as soon as you get back, if you’re in year 12 – its going to be the beginning of Uni applications. The summer is the perfect time to work on your personal statement.
- Its not the time to get lazy.
Its so important that you keep your school-head on still, despite the challenges, don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help when you need it even if it’s in the next week or so before everything closes up.
And the things is, we don’t really recommend studying for 7 hours per day every day during the break , but we’ll put some useful tips soon to help out on how you can stay motivated and keep your brain ticking so your ready for when school opens up again. Just don’t back down from the books yet.