The holiday season is a time for festivities and fun, shopping and baking, parties and potlucks, and everything in between. If you’re taking an online course, the holidays can be a quite distracting and difficult time to be motivated to study. But you don’t need to kick off the New Year under stress and struggling to catch up. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to curb the stress and stay on track with your studies without having to forego the festivities.
To help you stay motivated, we’ve put together some tips to help you study during the holidays.
1. Create a Holiday Schedule
Stores have holiday shopping hours, so why not create your own holiday study hours? It’s a great way to create a holiday schedule to help you stay on track with your studies. Carve out a specific time to study that works best for you. It might be a weekend morning or a couple shorter periods throughout the week. Don’t feel bad for allowing yourself more down time than usual. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all!
2. Check Your Course Timeline
It is important to check your course timeline regularly to make sure you aren’t falling behind. The course timeline is a suggested guide to make sure students complete the Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation course within a year. If you find yourself falling behind you will want to readjust your schedule. Keeping track of your timeline is crucial component to helping you study during the holidays.
3. Get Out of the House
Studying at home can be quite distracting during the holidays, especially if you have a large family. So pack up your laptop and head out to your nearest coffee shop for an eggnog latte and some quality study time. You’ll be less distracted and more relaxed when you return home after a solid study session.
4. Reward Yourself
Use some positive reinforcement and reward yourself each time you accomplish something. Allow yourself a gingerbread cookie for after you complete a chapter. Knowing what goodies await you ahead, will motivate you to persevere in accomplishing your tasks.
5. Study with Friends
Students who study at least once a week in a study group with other students are more likely to have a better understanding of the course materials, ask good questions, and be more engaged in discussions. Collaborating with others and being around good company is one of the biggest factors to relieving stress and building motivation.
6. Stay Inspired
Keep yourself motivated by reading your favourite blogs and finding inspirational boards on Pinterest. We suggest checking out this collection of inspirational quotes.
Let’s face it. Having to study during the holidays may not seem very appealing, but with clever strategies, you can stay on track while still enjoying the festivities.
As usual, the big picture ideas are simple: have a plan, stay motivated and avoid distractions. Otherwise, enjoy your holidays! Just don’t mix the eggnog with the Wii. Trust me. Bad things will happen…