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Top 10 Christmas Study Tips to Keep You Motivated - 3 min read

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but try not to get too comfy warming up by the fire. Those January courses are fast-approaching and deadlines will be landing on your doorstep in no time. If you’re ready to bolster your study skills this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. To help you conquer your studies, here are our top 10 Christmas study tips to keep you motivated. Let’s dig in! 

Have Yourself a Holly Jolly Christmas by Staying Motivated

The old adage is true—”by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Sounds harsh, but there’s no use in putting off what you could do today until tomorrow. Have an essay coming up? Plan out the structure of your paper. Then, take one section at a time. You have to start somewhere and why wait? Start today! Keep your spirits high, have a positive outlook and visualize yourself submitting an epic essay and passing your exam with flying colors. Get to the heart of what motivates you and keep it going.

Walk Around Your Winter Wonderland After Intense Bouts of Productive Study Sessions

Combine your holiday with intense bouts of productive sessions and fun activities with your family and friends. The last thing you want to do is fall into the trap of watching days turn into weeks gone by without putting in the work needed to complete your schoolwork. Set a schedule, stick to it and stay focused. Get a good half-day of high-quality studying in, followed by some quality down-time. Here are some of our favorite study tips for upcoming exams. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town and He Said “Get Ahead This Holiday Season” 

It’s great to be home, especially since you killed it last semester and are all caught up. If you find yourself in this situation, why not get a jump start on your upcoming semester? What do your professors have planned for Semester 2? Start reading up in advance. Get a fresh start so you’ll walk into class feeling well-organized and ready to conquer your courses. 

All I Want for Christmas Is Lix

Take advantage of a study app that will make your life a lot easier. Tired of carrying around heavy books? Ditch them and go digital. Sick of losing all those PDFs your professor hands out throughout the semester? Upload them directly in the Lix app. Wondering where you left your notes? Keep all of them in one place. 

Joy to the World for Distraction-Free Zones

Let’s face it—it’s easy to get distracted, especially around the holidays. Are you the type that darts from your work station the minute you smell freshly baked cookies coming out of the oven? Or maybe you sit down to work but your high school friends keep interrupting you with requests to meet up? With Christmas dinners around every corner, demands from family and friends, and snack breaks, you’re having trouble focusing in. It’s normal. A simple cure to stay motivated is to find a quiet workspace, turn off notifications on your phone and cut out the noise. Disconnect to get distraction-free.

Go Analog While Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

There’s nothing wrong with a digital detox. Try taking a break from all the buzz on social media. Turn off notifications to help you stay focused and tune back in when you’re feening to reconnect. It might surprise you at how productive you can be without the distraction of cat videos and the cute dogs of Instagram. 

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Because I Managed My Time Effectively

You’re back home for the holidays and it feels so damn good. With so much going on, you’ll probably want to be in a million different places at once. And, of course, you deserve to give yourself a break and have some fun. But just remember, university doesn’t last forever so stay focused now. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later. Prioritize what you need to accomplish and set some goals over the break. With dedicated study sessions each day, you’ll still have time for all those fun activities you want to take part in. And your mind will be more at ease knowing you’re getting sh*t done! Pssst…the Pomodoro Technique is a great way to stay organized and master your time. 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Keep Your Brain Happy 

To achieve amazing grades and keep your brain in peak working condition, eat “brain food,” drink lots of water and get plenty of exercise. And let’s not forget about a good night’s rest. So, ditch those late nights and catch up on some much-needed rest. 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by De-Stressing

Studies suggest the average person’s attention span is very short, so make sure to take regular breaks during study sessions for optimal productivity. Maybe it’s time to take up a new hobby. Try out yoga, rock climbing, pleasure reading, painting or hitting up the gym to de-stress from a tough semester. Giving yourself some much needed “me time” will replenish your energy to meet the challenges you’ll face in the New Year. 

Frosty the Snowman Says “Treat Yourself!”

You’ve worked hard and now it’s time to treat yourself, especially after a dedicated study session. Take a break between your focused bouts of work and munch on something sweet. You’ve earned it! And after you’re done for the day, celebrate by watching your favorite Christmas movie or head out for a pumpkin latte with your mates. 

Above all, enjoy yourself! Make sure to have a lovely and balanced Christmas break. Happy holidays from the Lix team.

Kristy is a copywriter and former student at Columbia University. Having lived in New York City, Berlin and Auckland, she's a bit of a nomad, but has found a home away from home (wherever that is) in Copenhagen. When she's not busy writing on everything 'study-related,' she can be found in vintage shops and coffee parlors all around Copenhagen.

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