What to do in reading week


Freshers’ Week might feel like it was just yesterday, but we’re already halfway through the first semester of this academic year! Which also means it’s time for reading week – a chance to catch up on learning and prep for the rest of the term, and, yep, grab yourself a well-earned breather.

So, how can you get the most from your reading week, and get back into your studies feeling refreshed as well as prepared? Here are just a few tips to help make the most of time away from lectures and seminars.

Make a plan of action

We’re not talking a military schedule, exactly – but a great way to make the most of your days is to plan as much as you can upfront. How about a library meet-up with mates (with a good lunch afterwards)? A cheeky cinema trip? A visit to your nearest and dearest? Or even a big group hike in the great outdoors?

You could even think about dividing your day into uni reading and note-making, and proper downtime. Cosy blankets and siestas, anyone? 

Balance your work and downtime

As you’ve just spent the last while adjusting to your new life at uni, reading week gives you the opportunity to sit back, enjoy a bit of you-time, and recharge those learning batteries with a few healthy lie-ins.

All the same, it’s probably a good idea to avoid bingeing new shows all week, or putting in a serious shift on your Xbox. The key is balance – so try to make sure you’re up to speed on the essentials for the rest of term, while still giving yourself space to chill.

Do something you love doing

Whether it’s going out on a long run, opening a new book, or finding chance to try that new game you bought a few weeks ago, the hobbies we love can easily slide in the overwhelm of busy uni life. That’s why it’s important to build in time to nurture and really enjoy the stuff that makes you feel most like, well, you.

Catch up on your chores and laundry

When you’re not having all the fun (or being super productive), reading week also gives you a bit of space to tackle some of the annoying chores that easily build up in the background – like that overflowing washing basket! If you’re not taking your laundry home for a visit, now could be a good time to get into your local Circuit launderette. 

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