That’s what SHE said – How to get the most out of SWOTVAC

That’s what SHE said – How to get the most out of SWOTVAC

The ‘That’s what SHE said’ blog is written by SHE College student Mel. As an intern for the college of SHE and a Peer Learning Advisor, Mel is passionate about sharing ideas and highlighting the services available to you in order to make Uni life just a little easier. 


Well, it’s SWOTVAC Time!

SWOTVAC stands for ‘Study Without Teaching Vacation’ – so we are sort of on vacation, right? Wrong! Don’t switch off just yet, we have a few more weeks to go before exams are over. So, how can we get the most out of SWOTVAC?

Take away distractions

We are constantly connected with mobile phones, messaging, Facebook, and Instagram. Let’s not ignore the lure of that new series on Netflix. These are all distractions we can switch off for a few hours each day so we make the most out of our SWOTVAC week. We don’t have to eliminate them and go into hibernation for the whole week, but maybe save these things for your reward time.

Chunk your study time

We can’t study the whole day and expect we will retain all the information.  Work out which part of the day you work best and use this time to do the harder work. 

Try the Pomodoro technique. The idea is to set yourself a list and work in 25 minute blocks, taking short breaks. After 4 sets of 25 minute ‘Pomodoros,’ you take a longer break. This link explains it perfectly, and helps you create your list which you can tick off as you go. What a great idea!

Reward yourself

Let’s be honest, there are things we have to go without or not do to prioritise our studies. But wait, after we have finished our planned study for the day, lets reward ourselves!  Binge on some Netflix, check in with your social media or whatever you enjoy doing. It’s good to reward yourself with a good break doing something you love.

Look after yourself

Don’t just rely on dodgy take away or two minute noodles to get you through. If you have to eat take away, then choose a better option, like a good burger with salad or grilled fish and salad from your local fish and chip shop.  Snack on fruits, vegetables and nuts and drink lots of water. Keep moving, go for a walk, run or play your favourite sport with friends. Finally, don’t forget to sleep! It is tempting to stay up late fitting in a little extra study, but to feel your best on exam day and stay healthy, sleep is good!

Re-check the details of your exam

Things can change, so double check the exam timetable to make sure you have the right Day, Time and Location for your exams.   Don’t forget your student email might have information from your subject coordinators.

Remember, help is still here – The Library is open 24/7, the Learning Hub PLA’s are available at certain times and Wellbeing are here to support us.

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