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Summer is usually the time to celebrate the end of your exams and unwind from a busy study time; a time to enjoy the outdoors, spend valuable time with family and friends or relax in the comfort of your home. A global pandemic has definitely presented us with a number of new challenges that none of us were prepared for and this summer may look a little different than usual, but you can still enjoy your time at home whilst also getting ahead of the game with your plans for the next academic year.

1. Don’t be too hard on yourself

Let’s try and look on the bright side! Spending more time at home this summer is the perfect opportunity to get ahead on your college projects, research your favourite topics and plan for your future. All of which will make you better prepared to hit the ground running come September. But don’t forget, this new way of life is taking some getting used to for all of us. You’re likely to procrastinate and you’ll probably empty the entire contents of your fridge in the first few days, all whilst living in ‘loungewear’, and that’s completely okay! The most important thing right now is to focus on you and a positive mindset.

2. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Following on from self-care, our physical health and social wellbeing plays just as important a role in keeping ourselves motivated. Why not use your time wisely this summer and practice one form of wellbeing? We all know that exercising for just 30 minutes each day can help to not only keep your body active but also keep your mind active and, therefore, help you study! Whether it’s taking your dog for a walk, a virtual workout with a friend or even starting the day with 10 minutes of stretching, it’ll be sure to set you up for the day ahead.

3. Getting the job done, one tick at a time

Saying you’ll work on something and actually doing it are two completely different things, we all know that. Go back to basics and create yourself a to-do list. As simple as it seems, creating structure in your day will make you more productive and increase your motivation as you will naturally feel accomplished by ticking those tasks off your list. Having a routine will really help you now and more so later (when the dreaded alarm needs resetting) so why not practice these three daily key tips:

  • Rise and shine at a reasonable and consistent time each day
  • Get up and get dressed as working in pyjamas will not set you up for a productive day
  • Finally, allow yourself breaks at regular intervals to rest and reset your mind to enable you to hit your goals for that day. A change of scenery every so often and even some fresh air outside is sure to recharge your batteries and welcome productivity.

4. Work on your workspace

Now we’ve addressed how to clear your mind, the next step is clearing that desk! We all know that a decluttered desk is the key to success so make a start by removing anything from your designated workspace that you don’t need to achieve your goals. Try to get rid of any notes or past projects that you won’t need, clear up your desktop and remove any unwanted files from your devices, ensure your device software is up to date and you have sufficient storage space. You could also tidy up your surrounding area, whether this be your room or a separate office space within your home and add something that makes you happy and will make your space an inspiring place to work. The most important tip here is that you create a workspace (that isn’t your bed) so that you can create a divide between work time and spare time.

5. Prepare for your future

We understand that the first half of 2020 and its unprecedented events may have complicated some of the decisions you need to make for your future. But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here to support and guide you through your next step.

No matter what stage you’re at or what desires you have for your future, there is no time like the present to prepare not just for next year but for further study. If you, like many others have been sitting at home and ‘forgetting’ to explore UCAS and your career options, you may regret this once lockdown is over. Use this valuable time to focus on you and what you have planned after Year 13. Why not attend virtual workshops, search for the pathways that certain courses could take you down, upskill and research what skills universities expect you to have when enrolling onto a course.

If you’ve made it this far, you’re obviously looking for that extra push to kickstart your motivation to study this summer and you should be proud of yourself for taking that first step! If there is one thing to take away from this – don’t stress! We’re here with all of the resources and advice you need to guide you through the process and prepare for life at university. Make sure you utilise these resources, get in touch with universities and ask any questions you may have, and use social media wisely to access universities, UCAS and even connect with others in your situation.

If you’re in need of some more motivation, come and see us at an upcoming UCAS Fair to gain a taste of what it’s like to study at University and ask us any questions you may have. Don’t forget, you can also visit us virtually with our online experiences.

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