It’s finally arrived! We’ve gone without turkey since the winter and it’s back! Family gatherings, warm pumpkin pie, autumn leaves - these are all staples of a great Thanksgiving weekend. However, amidst all of the excitement, it’s easy to lose track of other responsibilities - namely homework. Rather than stressing all weekend about the work you have ahead of you, and freaking out when you return to school, why not be productive over Thanksgiving! We’ve got some tips that will help you wake up from your turkey coma, while allowing you to have an enjoyable, stress-free holiday with your family and friends! Sound good?

TIP: Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

We know that Thanksgiving weekend is only three days long, but three days can majorly put you behind in school work, especially during midterms. So, it’s best to be prepared. Make a study schedule for the days leading up to Thanksgiving weekend, as well as for Thanksgiving weekend itself. Try and add an extra hour each day to your study sessions during the week. This will add up to nearly one entire extra day of work that you’ve done before the weekend even starts. Next, plan out your weekend. This can be tricky, but if you know what time the Thanksgiving events are, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Todoist is a great app to help you schedule your week (pictured above). For even more apps, check out 10 Must-Have Apps For Students.

TIP: Micromanage

When you’re on a tight schedule (and need a bit of incentive to stay productive), it’s best to break down larger tasks or assignments into smaller ones. This will make an assignment seem far less daunting. For example, if you have a paper to write in history, you could break the assignment down into the following subtasks:

  • Search the internet for information on my topic
  • Write a thesis statement
  • Write my introduction paragraph
  • Write my body paragraphs
  • Write my conclusion paragraph
  • Write my bibliography
  • Look over and edit

TIP: Study BEFORE The Festivities

It’s unlikely you’ll be willing to pick up a book at 10pm after a long day spent eating delicious food and hanging out with your family. That is why it’s best that you study the day before a family gathering, or early in the morning before the festivities have started. Not only will you be more focused and productive, but you won’t have to stress over the thought of having to do homework later (all you should be stressing about is getting the last serving of sweet potato casserole).

TIP: Plan A Study Date With A Friend In Advance

If you’re someone that likes to study in groups, or even just likes the company of another while studying alone, make plans ahead of time to meet up with a friend. Make sure that the purpose of your get-together is to study. Bring your laptop, notes, textbooks, everything you would need for a normal study session, and plan to meet somewhere that is conducive to studying (a library, for example). If you specify in advance that you plan on studying, there’s a greater chance you actually will. Check out The Best Place To Study In Your Neighbourhood for some ideas!

Happy Turkey-Day, my fellow Canadians!