Study leave getting you down? Can’t remember a time when you weren’t revising? Feel like you’re trapped in Dante’s tenth circle of hell?
Exams and revision wouldn’t come top on TripAdvisor as the most fun ways to spend your time, but they get a bad rep. Yes, it can be a time of high stress and intensity but it needn't be completely hellish – here are 5 study leave blessing you didn’t know you had.
1) There’ll be sun, sun, sun
Study leave means two things: exams will soon be over and the summer is nearly here! And the best type of summers are the ones straight after exams – with nothing new to revise for, you can enjoy that sun guilt-free! Just remember the suncream.
2) The greatest show
Exams can be like preparing for a show, with weeks of preparation culminating in a final performance. After all the hard work you’ve put in, though a little scary, it’s a relief to finally put into practice everything you’ve been learning throughout the year.
And once the audience stop applauding and the curtain comes down, you won’t have to perform again!
3) Revision is the best excuse
‘Mum, I’m revising’ – which excuse is harder to argue with than that?
Washing up sadly takes a back seat when you must turn your attention to sine graphs and standard deviation. While we’re not condoning leaving everything to your parents (and they can see when you’re not working!), we’re just pointing out this fact. When exams are over and ‘normal’ life returns, you may even find yourself wishing for study leave!
4) Make study leave your crystal ball
Because you’re having to spend a concentrated amount of time and mental energy on each subject, study leave can be a great way to see how you really feel about each one.
Thought you struggled with Maths but finding it comes to you quite naturally once you focus on it? Like the idea of Chemistry but the topics themselves don’t really interest you? As you make decisions about which subjects you want to continue in the future, use study leave as your own ‘test’ – to see whether you’d like to learn more in each area. Pay attention to what your revision experience is telling you.
Study leave means working from home and this is one of the biggest upsides of study leave. Don’t have to spend all that time and money getting to and from school each day? Get to structure your work and breaks around a timetable that works for you? Have access to endless cups of tea? Doesn’t sound too bad to us…