You’re entitled to your break, so don’t be guilty about taking it
So if you’ve been putting your head down diligently for the for the past weeks, maybe cut yourself a little slack and give yourself time off over the Halloween break.
Don’t think of it as ‘time wasted’, but rather see it as in investment in your physical and mental health, which will both have an impact on how you fare come exam time next summer.
There are a number of reasons why it makes sense. First of all, it prevents you from becoming ‘stale’ – bored with studying and lacking in appetite for any more of it. By taking a break, you can get your mojo back by spending time with friends, getting out to socialise, or maybe taking part in sport or exercise.
Make fun part of your schedule.
This applies equally whether you’re engaging in Higher Leaving Cert Maths grinds or Junior Cert Maths grinds – the principle is the same.
We’ve written in the past about the importance of a written study plan, and you can create a micro-pan for Halloween – which will let you stay on the straight and narrow in terms of study, but also let you come back after the break fully refreshed and ready to go again!
Use the time for some cunning research
Don’t forget your family
While you might sometimes feel that you’re on your own as you prepare for your exams, remember that your parents are also very much invested in your efforts, and really want you to do well.
Not for their own sake – but for yours!
Remember, too, that other members of your family might be facing exams, whether at second or third level of the education cycle.
There might even be some taking Higher Leaving Cert Maths grinds and others taking Junior Cert Maths grinds. So make sure you take a little time over the Halloween break and check in with them. It might surprise you how reassuring it feels when you find that there are more people in the same boat as you – even under the same roof!
Keep an eye on your sleep
It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get to bed till two in the morning, but remember to balance that at the other end of the sale. If you normally get eight or nine hours sleep, then this is what your body needs, so make sure you don’t short-change yourself over Halloween.
Test your weaknesses
For most students, there may be parts of a course where they struggle, but other parts where they’re absolutely flying. The extra time you have at Halloween is a good time to give yourself a little test or two.You could ask fellow students to set a few questions for you – or perhaps ask your parents.
Either way, it will give you a good idea of how far off the pace you might be.