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5 Benefits of the Fall Reading Week

Written by Christine Rees

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What can you get out of the fall reading week? Besides the academic break, a reading week provides you with the ability to recharge before or after your midterm exam period. For some, reading week may be a time to relax after most of their exams. While for others, this could be a chance to prep for those upcoming midterms. So, what are the benefits of the fall reading week? 

1. Prep For Next Week

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If you still have midterms coming, get prepared! This break offers the perfect opportunity to organize your schedule and study for them all. 

2. Catch Up

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It’s easy to fall behind on academic readings (especially when many are so long and boring). Use the break as a way to catch up or jump ahead of school assignments. Consider using this time to map out upcoming group work, essays, or projects, so you’re less stressed about school when you go back. 

3. Breathe

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Most students agree that this time provides an opportunity to breathe. There has been a conscious effort among Canadian schools trying to increase efforts to help students deal with mental health in the last few years. Students can use this break to focus on themselves and their mental wellbeing, so they can return to class feeling relaxed and ready to dive into more learning. 

4. Enjoy Family Time

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As stress from this unconventional school year begins to take hold, it’s important to reconnect with the people who matter most to you. Crush those feelings of homesickness if you’re away or take some time to do something fun with your family if you’ve been cooped up at home together for months. For this week at least, you can enjoy their company without feeling the restraint of your growing school responsibilities.

5. Relax 

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Enjoy this week-long break. Binge-watch a few shows, have a bubble bath, take a walk, play with puppies, share a bottle of wine virtually with your friends—whatever makes you happy! Just don’t forget to decompress. You probably won’t have a proper chance to relax again until the winter break. 

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