By PLA Amy
In university, Thanksgiving (or, as I like to call it, Turkey Time) creeps up fast. One minute you are starting your classes and collecting syllabi, and the next you are back home digging into apple pie and collapsing on the sofa. Some students find the few weeks misleading: classes are just picking up, assignments aren’t pouring in, and midterms haven’t begun. In first year, I treated the weeks before Turkey Time as the perfect opportunity to go to the movies, do some fall shopping, and troll around downtown Kingston looking for good restaurants. I arrived back after Thanksgiving shocked at what greeted me home: readings, assignments, and midterms.
I have learned that the window before Turkey Time is essential for Getting It Together. What do I mean by this? Well, it’s the time to sort things out to make your October substantially easier! Whether you’re staying here or headed home this long weekend, make sure to Get It Together first. Here’s how:
1. Book Writing Centre Appointments
You’re now well aware of your upcoming assignments. Make a list of the papers you think you will need help on, and book in advance! We all have ten free consultations per year, so the Writing Centre books up early. The earlier your appointment, though, the more time you’ll have to improve your draft later.
2. Establish a Schedule System
Timetable, calendar, agenda – whatever your preference, practice creating monthly, weekly, or daily schedules to familiarize yourself with what works for you. The sooner you get used to creating and following a schedule, the more you’ll be able to manage your time and increase your productivity.
3. Start Readings and Notes
Ah, notes. The long-forgotten cousin of readings that tend to only pop up before midterm time, when you forget everything you’ve read. I recommend starting your readings ASAP, and taking notes as you go along. After Turkey Time, you’ll return bloated and cheerful, and thank yourself for those nicely-typed summaries that make studying quicker and more efficient. Trust me.
4. Practice Using Your Research and Studying Resources
The library database might not seem particularly pertinent after your first or second week in class, but you’ll need it in no time! Familiarizing yourself with this and other resources at Queen’s is important to ensure research and reading are as painless as possible.
And there you have it! You can enjoy a guilt-free (and calorie-intense) holiday weekend knowing you’ve prepared yourself for tougher times.
Happy Turkey Time!