Pretty much every student knows the struggle: the finals are approaching and you have that overwhelming need to move away from the campus and travel somewhere. Perhaps it’s going to your hometown to see your old friends and family that gives you strength, or traveling to see the other cities and other countries you’ve never been to before that makes you happy, but the thought remains: what about my exams? Even though studying and traveling rarely mix well, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to combine the two and get great results.
Timetables and schedules are important
This is incredibly important; it’s useless to spend weeks working hard on a paper or an assignment that’s two weeks from now and just completely forget about something that’s due the next day. Read the timetable carefully and make a list of all your assignments and tests with dates in bold, clear writing, and put it somewhere you can see it, for example, your closet. Think of these as your deadlines which you shouldn’t miss for the world and work your way around them. The first step is reviewing your travel itinerary and looking for available times for studying. Make a study goal and a study plan while you’re traveling to ensure that you have all your tasks covered, even if it means waking up a bit earlier or going to bed a bit later than usual.
Take a good look at your schedule and pencil in some time for studying every day. This can be particularly challenging when you’re on holiday because there are so many other things which you’d rather do, but you shouldn’t fall prey to the temporary pleasure. The time you have is precious and it should be planned and used with care so that you manage to do everything: have fun, have some rest, and study. When you feel like you’re losing motivation, take a short break to remind yourself why you’re doing this in the first place and think about your aims, goals, and plans for the future. It’s okay to miss a field trip and complete that paper that’s due tomorrow – you’ll be proud of yourself for this accomplishment.
It’s common for those who travel to eat out, especially when traveling with friends to an exotic new destination. There’s going to be plenty of fast food and sweets, but that doesn’t mean that you should completely forget about nutritious home-cooked meals. Eating healthy food is an important part of self-care, and you shouldn’t forget about this, as being healthy will allow you to focus on your studies better. Whenever you can, pick healthy meals with fresh vegetables and soups, and drink plenty of water. Take a walk at least once a day and try to get enough sleep every night – you will feel better and study more efficiently.
Find useful platforms
With the rise of the internet, you’re able to find great sources for your papers and classes and keep in touch with professors and classmates. When you’re unable to attend a lecture, you can borrow notes from a classmate, but wouldn’t it be great if you could find reliable notes online? Luckily, you can – there are several platforms you can use to find useful notes, or even upload some of your own and help other people (not to mention save some money for future travels too). Websites such as Stuvia, Nexus Notes, and Think Swap allow you to buy and sell great university notes, which will help you stay on track with your classes even when you’re not able to attend certain lectures.
Check your internet access
This is especially important if you’re traveling overseas and you’re not sure whether you’ll have a good connection or not. Some students only need to go to a café and order something to drink and are comfortable enough to spend hours there working on their assignments, but if that’s not your cup of tea, you can always check out the local library and use their internet to upload anything important and/or send emails. If you’re really stuck, you can always use your mobile phone, but seeing as how roaming fees are incredibly costly, you might want to avoid that altogether.
You’ve already set your priorities straight: you’re passionate about traveling but that doesn’t mean that you’ll forget about your obligations at school. Don’t worry, even if it takes some time and a bit of creativity, you will find a way to keep both sides of you in balance: the adventurer and the scholar, and when you pass the test you’ve studied for while traveling, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.