Reading Break or Spring Break is a week off usually given during Winter semesters to students and teachers. Teachers normally don’t give any reading assignments and tests during this time. Reading break started in the 1930s in the USA where a week was given off to spend some time in warmer areas. In Canada, reading break is normally combined with family day. It is a mental break from school and courses stress. However, it should not be just a time to relax and catch up on sleep, Netflix and see family and friends. It is a time when many students try to catch up on homework so that they can buy themselves sometime later in the semester.
Here are a few things that you can do to make your reading break more productive.
1- Make a to-do list – make a list of what you want to accomplish. Be realistic. Keep the priorities clear. You may struggle with procrastination.
2- Read and read - you may want to spend some time reading the class materials, looking at extra sources available with your textbooks or want to read fiction. Why not use this time and read some long-awaited books?
3- Change your scenery – if you can’t study or concentrate at home after a couple of days of studying, study at the library, go to a coffee shop. Changing your environment will help you to become more productive.
4- Get together with friends and take a road trip – get into a car with your close friends and explore the surrounding. As students, money and time are often limited. This is the time to say yes to all those fun opportunities you normally would say. Challenge yourself to come out of your comfort zone.
5- Organize a dinner with friends or volunteer – try out something new that you would normally not.
I fully support the idea of having a reading break where students can do what they want to do. It is a step in the right direction for an average student to let him/her deal with the stress. After all, it feels like extra vacation time. It’s over before you know it.
Amna Khaliq is a Business Management Instructor at Northern Lights College. The views expressed are her own. She believes that kindness, smiles, love, and yawning is contagious. In her spare time, she likes traveling, cooking, reading and working out.