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5 Tips to Keep on Track This Winter

December 17, 2015

It’s the time of year you’d probably rather binge watch Empire than do homework, but it’s really important to stay on track with your studies all year. When you’re going to a school like Carrington College where fast-paced learning is the name of the game, time matters. Here are five study habit tips to help you stay focused this winter.

Winter break buster

Just because you have extra time off for the holidays doesn’t mean you should pretend school work has disappeared forever. You know your studies will be waiting for you when you get back.

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The best way to make sure you don’t fall behind (or hey, even get ahead!) is to keep up on your work when you’re home on break. You should still enjoy yourself and spend time with family and friends, but now you have a built in excuse when that weird uncle tries to corner you…you have homework to do!

Stay on track

It doesn’t matter if you have a couple of days or a couple of weeks off school, it’s easy to get used to being on break. Who doesn’t love sleeping in, taking naps and doing whatever you want on your schedule? The thing is…you have to go back to the real world. Soon. Your best bet is to stay on schedule as much as you can while you’re on break. We’re not saying you shouldn’t sleep in a couple of days, you’ve earned it! De-stressing is good for you and can help you come back fresh and ready to learn. Just make sure you get your body used to being productive a couple of days before you head back to the real world.

Don’t study hungry

You know how hard it is to concentrate when all you can hear is your stomach growling?

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What you eat can help you stay focused. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet – foods like salads and lean protein can give you extra energy…stuff like pizza and fries will put you into a food coma. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water. Being dehydrated can make you sleepy.

Get chilly

The cold weather can actually help you be more productive.

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Experts say your body’s metabolism runs better when you’re cold, so embrace the wintery weather! Just make sure you don’t overdo it…being way too cold might make you sleepy. Find a happy, chilly medium and you’ll be good to go.

Don’t get too comfortable

Resist the urge to curl up in your Snuggie®! If you make yourself too cozy you’re more likely to take a nap than you are to get stuff done. Find a table or a desk and avoid that extra comfortable chair. Sit up while you study too, it’ll keep you in the zone.

Bottom line – your winter break is just that, a break. So enjoy yourself, but just remember that all good things must come to an end. Setting yourself up for a good first day back can help set the tone for the rest of the school year.