With April holidays just around on the corner, we can all (tutors and learners) have the much needed break that we deserve. For the matrics it’s the last non-studying holiday for the year (although you really should use this time to make sure you understand everything you have done so far – and if you don’t understand, be sure to ask your tutor for some holiday help.) and for the rest of us, it’s a chance to appreciate waking up a bit later and to soak up the last few days of warmth.
Holidays are also an excellent time to reflect on the work we have done so far. To be honest about our strengths and our weaknesses and to think about how we can improve next term.
Perhaps your first term report wasn’t as good as you had hoped? Here are some tips on how to use these holidays to improve before (gasp!) exams next term:
- If there is a Maths sum that you don’t quite understand, try to explain what you think the steps are to your Maths tutor. Sometimes explaining something to someone else can help you realise that you understand more than you thought.
- English essays are a great way to improve your English mark – but many people lose out on a good percentage because of simple spelling mistakes. The best way to improve your writing is to read. Find a topic that interests you, and read as much as you can about it. If you aren’t sure, ask your tutor to make some recommendations, or chat to us on our Facebook wall and we’ll help you find something you will love!
- The spelling mistakes I was talking about above? Here is a list of words that are most commonly misspelled. Learn them!
- their (and the difference between there, they’re and their!)
- a lot
- Do a Science experiment for someone younger than you. It can be something simple – like showing a young child how to make different colours by mixing food colouring, or something more complicated – like illustrating how Newton’s Laws work. Either way, showing someone something new will not only help them, but help you realise how interesting and relevant science really is.
- Learn something new. Ask your Biology or History tutor for some more information about a topic that you find interesting. Find a tutorial on how to make an origami flower. Learn the name (Latin and common) of trees you drive past everyday. Learn how to play Sudoku. Learn ANYTHING. Just use your brain – appreciate how much it can do, and you’ll be amazed at how much you are capable of knowing.
- Clean your room! An unorganised desk is the sign of an unorganised mind.
- Exercise. A healthy body will improve brain functionality – give you endorphins (happy hormones!) and give you more energy.
I hope that everyone has a happy, safe and restful holiday.