November 16, 2021
Dear Tulane Community:
As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving break, we wanted to provide you with some updates on testing, and how to make the most of your time away from classes.
The following testing schedule is planned for the Thanksgiving break:
We recognize the stressful semester we have all experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the impact that Hurricane Ida had on our community. We want to encourage you to use the Thanksgiving break as a time to rest, recharge, and prepare for the end of the semester. Your health and well-being are our top priority. The following strategies are suggestion to help you maximize your break.*
1. Relax, have fun, and make memories. Take time to connect with family and friends to celebrate the season. Bake cookies, sleep in and lounge in your pajamas all day or find your personal preference to truly unwind.
2. Set realistic expectations for how you spend your break time. Don’t pack your schedule with studying. Instead, set a reasonable amount of time to complete any assignments you may have. You can also divide your assignments into smaller tasks and tackle them one day at a time.
3. Create a to-do list. Create a daily to-do list that sets a task or amount of time you want to dedicate to each course or lecture. Whether it’s completing five online reading assignments or spending ten minutes reviewing your notes, by having a tangible goal you’ll be more motivated to be productive.
4. Plan to study early (or late…). Holiday breaks are busy with personal travel, family visiting from out of town and friends making plans to catch up. The best way to ensure productivity is to pencil study time in before (or after) the day’s activities. Plan on greeting the day earlier or staying up a little later to get your studying done. Be mindful of choosing the option that best fits your personality.
5. Be outspoken. Let your family and friends know about your obligations. By telling those around you about your plans for maintaining your productivity, they can not only honor that time but encourage it if they notice you are falling behind.
6. Don’t cram. Too often, holiday fun gets in the way, and students spend their last night of breaks cramming in a study session. Even if you can only find half an hour every day, maintain a consistent schedule to help keep material fresh and facilitate the transition back to a fuller class load.
7. Focus on your personal well-being. Allocating time to work on your own well-being is critically important. The tools below will help you do this: