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Making the most of reading break

  Posted on: February 12, 2016

Hit the library with a study group and make the most of reading break.

There are typically two types of students at reading break—the students that buckle down and use the week to study and the students that jump aboard the first flight to Cancun.

If you’re planning to stick around town, here are some tips for making the most of your time off.

Make a plan

Creating a study plan will prevent last minute efforts to get work done and keep your week organized and stress-free. To kickstart those papers check-out Undergraduate Research and Writing Day to access a community of writers and academic support services on campus. For those pursuing graduate studies, you may want to participate in the Research Boot Camp for Graduate Students.

Find your zone

It can be hard to get in the study zone around the house with temptations like the three N’s (naps, Netflix and Nutella). It’s important to find a place that gets you in the right frame of mind to hit the books. The TRU Library is a great place to start, check out the hours of operation. Have a group project to get done? Don’t hesitate to book a room in the Student’s Union Building. If you are more of a coffee shop connoisseur, hunker down in your fave spot and get to work.

Get moving

Reading break is a great time to relax and de-stress but it’s important to also stay active. Research shows that sitting for more than three hours a day can shorten your life by up to two years. Get out and try something new, learn to ice skate or play hockey with ISAP or take a study break with free fitness classes  thanks to TRU Recreation.

Have fun

It can’t be all work and no play, it’s important to find a healthy balance. The TRUSU International Club is hosting Around the World in 5 Nights, a great opportunity to learn about a new culture and meet new people. Check out the City of Kamloops events calendar for other events around town.

Sleep, sleep, sleep

Lack of sleep is a big problem for many students. Take this opportunity to catch up on some much-needed rest and make up for those painful all-nighters. The Wellness Centre offers tips and tricks for getting a better night’s sleep so you can finish off the school year on a high note.

As for those returning from reading break with a tan and no plan, you may want to check out the Long Night Against Procrastination.