With the weather being in the 70’s this past weekend, it was hard to stay focused and study for my upcoming exams and boards. While the calendar still says February, the weather made it feel like April or May. Being indoors and studying for geriatrics, advanced imaging, clinical nutrition and boards when all I wanted to do was take my dog to the dog park or catch up with friends on a rooftop during happy hour was tough. I know that I live in Kansas so it could be in the 70’s one and day and snow the next, but this weekend gave me a bad case of spring fever. I always look for new ideas on how to enjoy the weather and stay on top of my school work, but these five tips have always worked for me in the past.
1. Indulge in the weather, just be smart about it. I always love to take my school work outside and find a quiet spot to study and soak up the sun. Studying on an iPad isn’t ideal outside so hard copy books, paper notes and notecards work best.
2. Take study breaks outside. I will set certain goals and then take a short study break once I have met them. This weekend, I needed to read 50 pages in a book, and then I could go outside for ten minutes. While outside, I try to fit in some type of exercise. Several studies have shown students benefit academically from exercise.
3. When the weather isn’t ideal, get your nose in the books. Kansas weather is unpredictable to say the least. So when it is 20 degrees outside paired with frigid wind, instead of Netflix and chilling, it’s time to be productive so when it turns warm and sunny the next day, you can enjoy it.
4. Study in groups. There is strength in numbers. It is much easier to achieve study goals when you have the encouragement of your friends at school who are all going through the same struggles.
5. Remember your why. When your motivation is lagging, take a moment to look at the big picture. Remember what you are working toward and how far you’ve come.