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Get Reading Week ready

Thursday, February 14, 2013

a stack of seven booksPlan for a successful week off

We know you work hard and you’re ready for a break, but it’s easy to let your time off get away from you. Take advantage of Reading Week - head home to reconnect with family and friends or stick around Waterloo to catch up on homework or get ahead on assignments. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your midterm break:

Schedule your time

You probably have a routine set from the last month and a half, but Reading Week is a week of unstructured time. Don't completely drop your plan! Plan when you will visit with friends and family, and schedule in some time for schoolwork so that you come back from the break ready to take on the last half of the winter term and exams.

Set goals

Setting small and manageable goals is the key to a successful Reading Week. If you set out to catch up on weeks of reading or make too many plans for the amount of time you have off, you may be overwhelmed and end up accomplishing less than if you set smaller, more realistic goals.

Take time for you

Reading Week is supposed to be a break. No matter how much work you plan to get ahead on, make sure you have some fun and take some time for yourself. Visit a friend on co-op who is working in another city, reconnect with your family back home and take the time to do the things that you don’t have time for when you’re busy with classes. Find a new hangout spot uptown, cook a meal, try a new fitness class or maybe even give your room a much needed cleaning.

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