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How to make the most of the sun while revising for your exams

Although work may be piling up, it's important to remember to maintain a balance and make time to appreciate the nice weather.

Most university students will recognise one of the biggest travesties of their degree: mustering the strength to revise or get on with coursework when the sun finally emerges from what feels like a life-long hiatus.

When the sun does finally come back out, all you want to do is fling down that comatose-inducing textbook, slam shut that laptop and hop on a train to the nearest beach. Yet, you also know that your least favourite lecturer’s wrath makes the prospect of extended deadlines and rushed work anything but tempting. So how do you make the most of the nice weather, while still getting on with work?

1) Reading in the park

All you’ve been instructed to do is reading… no-one said where it had to be done! Why not take your lecture notes down to the nearest field or park, and plough on with reading to the backdrop of grass, sun and a swing if you’re lucky. You could also turn it into a day trip—pack a picnic blanket and meal-deal if you really want to capitalise on the weather. Sure beats a monotonous library sesh.

2) Classes on the campus
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If you’ve really hit the tutor-jackpot, hopefully, the wonderful people teaching you will realise there’s been a dramatic Celsius increase—they are human after all! You could ask them if they’d be happy to carry out one of their classes outside so that you are still attending all-important teaching hours without sacrificing the day. This is, however, more suited to humanities subjects, as dissecting frogs and mixing chemicals would probably be a whole lot messier outside of the lab.

3) Prioritise your time

Sometimes being practical with your time can really shave hours off your day. Instead of absent-mindedly trying to type up notes while watching Jeremy Kyle all morning, why not encourage yourself to get your head down with no distractions for an hour or two, and see how much more productive you are. Not only will this mean that time won’t drag on, giving you more flexibility to enjoy the weather, but you’ll also feel proud for being so efficient!

4) Switch it up
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The picture says it all 🖤

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While the weather is nice, you might want to take advantage of it—so why not switch up your routine entirely for a week! Try working in the evening, or earlier in the morning, so that most of the day is free to do the things you want to do. Keeping your curtains open slightly when you go to sleep will let sunlight naturally wake you up in the morning, allowing for a gentler, earlier start than a mad 10 am alarm clock dash.

5) Ditch the guilt and give yourself a day off!

Forgive yourself if you end up spending a whole day lounging about in the sun or having a day trip—uni is the time to enjoy yourself! As long as you’re realistic and ensure you’re relatively on top of things, a day off won’t hurt that much—in the long term, it’ll probably make you more positive and ultimately boost productivity tomorrow!

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