We are nearly halfway through Semester 1, and the Non-Teaching Week couldn’t have come at a better time! With assessment deadlines rapidly approaching, and exhaustion setting in, it’s the perfect time to get your head back in the game. I have compiled a list of some helpful tips to ensure that you make the most out of your mid-semester break – so that you don’t spend the week just sitting around eating leftover chocolate!
One of the first things you should be doing this week, and certainly the most important on this list, is to take some time to regenerate. Catch up on that sleep you lost by pulling an all-nighter to get that assignment in on time! Make sure to set aside some time to be lazy; sleep in, read a book (for fun) or spend some time in your pyjamas in front of the TV – you have totally earned it! Don’t feel guilty!
2. Create A Study Schedule
The Mid-Semester Break is the perfect time to catch up on those missed readings (we are all guilty), and to get a head start on those upcoming assessments – even doing some research is a great place to start! Break it down, course by course, and prioritise which tasks need to be accomplished now. Set some time aside, it could be a few hours each day or you might choose to set aside a couple of days over the week, to focus on your studies. Once you set aside the time to study it is important that you stick to your schedule and don’t get distracted. Your time is precious, so don’t waste it! That being said, don’t spend the week glued to your laptop; it needs a break too!
3. Plan Out Your Week
Something I like to do during Mid-Semester Break and Study Week is to make a bucket list of all the things that I would like to achieve over the coming week. While of course this list includes items on my study schedule, I try to cram my week with as many fun and relaxing things as I possibly can! Once you complete a task you can cross it off the list (I promise you, it is really satisfying!). Washing your car, doing a face mask, going out with your friends, catching up of MAFS – write it all down!
4. Get Outdoors
Another easy way to feel relaxed and refreshed during Mid-Semester Break is to get outdoors. If you have spent the last year learning from home, like me, or have been busy working on assignments and are going a little stir crazy, now is the perfect time for a change of scenery. While I am sure we would all like to go away on a holiday for a few days (I wish), even going outside and soaking up some Vitamin D can have a huge impact on your mood. Go for a drive, see something new, visit somewhere nostalgic, or go wherever makes you happy!
5. Jump Start Your Career
While you have a little bit of time on your hands, why not spend it polishing up your CV? For those in the final years of their studies, applications are now open for many Graduate and Clerkship Programs. Don’t wait until the last minute, get those applications in early while you have the time to nail the perfect cover letter!
It is never too early to start! There are some fantastic opportunities that are currently available for students to get their foot in the door. If you are a 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate law student, applications are currently open for Allens Dive In Program!
6. Spend Time with Family and Friends
With Mid-Semester Break falling over the Easter Long Weekend, it is important that you take some time to spend with your family and friends. The past 12 month have been challenging for everyone. With restrictions starting to ease, make up for lost time by reconnecting with those who mean the most to you. Arrange to catch up with your friends outside the classroom, visit your Grandma for afternoon tea, call your friends and family who live interstate – spend this week doing what really counts!
Now, go and write that list!
About the Author
Alicia is studying her fifth year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (Applied Psychology). In addition to her position on the NDSLS as Education Director, Alicia has a passion for reading, rules, and roses.