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Published: 18 December 2020

We’re coming to the end of a very unusual year for the University of Sunderland in London.

Although you’ve had to adapt quickly, the level of dedication and commitment you as students have shown has been truly inspirational.

Today the campus is closing for the winter holidays and won’t reopen again until Monday 4th January 2021.

But life as a student continues, and you might be thinking about how you can keep up with your studies over the holiday.

1) Take a break

The very first thing you should be doing now that campus has closed is to congratulate yourself and take a very well-earned rest.

Academic burnout (or the feeling of exhaustion caused by studying too hard), is a very real thing.

When you’re tired your brain doesn’t work as well as it should so make sure you take this time to put your feet up, rest and spend some quality time with the people you love.

2) Read your notes

When you’ve given yourself a break, take some time to look through your notes from the past year.

Going through what you’ve learned now is a great way of keeping things fresh in your mind and making sure you don’t start the new year having forgotten everything!

You have the time to space out your learning too, so do just a little bit of re-reading each day.

3) Exercise

This is the time of year many of us tend to overindulge or eat far too much! Although that can be enjoyable, make sure you’re looking after yourself at the same time.

Exercise is brilliant for your mental health, something that’s important with darker, shorter and colder days.

It’ll mean you start the new term feeling great!

4) Set some goals

The end of the term is the perfect time to look back at what you’ve achieved and start thinking about the year ahead.

What are you most proud of during your time at the University so far and what do you want to do next?

That could be as simple as improving the way you take notes, volunteering to boost your CV or working on your academic writing.

5) Create healthy routines

It takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit. That means if you start now you could change your lifestyle by February.

One of the best things you can do for your brain while you’re studying is to eat healthily.

Get into the habit of having a good breakfast every morning, you’ll notice the difference straight away.

Whatever you decide to do over the winter break, make sure you’re congratulating yourself on a brilliant year as a student at the University of Sunderland in London.

We can’t wait to see you again in January 2021!

For the latest updates on the University’s response to the coronavirus and whether the campus is open, keep an eye on the COVID-19 Guidance page.

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