I remember this summer when I did heaps of training for soccer.

Heaps of fitness work, hill sprints, 400m sprints and I started the soccer season off incredibly fit and playing well.

But you know what happened after that?

A few weeks into the season I started getting some niggling injuries, and by week 5 of the season I was properly injured. 

I was out for the rest of the season. 

What happened here is something that’s quite common in sport – it’s called overtraining.

This is where you’re doing all the right things, pushing yourself but just take it too far until your body just can’t take it.

Now, here’s why I’m telling you this:

The same thing can happen when you’re studying – it’s called overstudying.

Ultimately over Year 11 and 12, it’s not about going hard over a short period of time, but maintaining your energy and health over that two year journey.

In this article and video we’re going to share with you why you need to take a break over the summer holidays and how to do it properly!

So the question is how can you make the most of the summer to actually re-energise and recharge?

Here are my suggestions on how to use the summer to really relax so you don’t overstudy and hit a wall when you get into the school term!

Step 1: Take Two Weeks Off

Easy for some, difficult for others. Regardless, I recommend this for all students.

And a good time to do this is over Christmas and the New Year period because you’ll have lots of stuff going on and should be spending time with your family, friends and loved ones.

So use that time and take advantage of those two weeks.

But you still need to factor in study during the rest of the summer holiday break.

So, how do you do this?

Step 2: Take Weekends Off

Make ‘No Study on Weekends’ policy during the school holidays.

Think about it, even if you’re studying 5 days a week for the remainder of the school holidays, you’re still going to be able to get a bunch done before you head back to school after you’ve taken two weeks AND weekends off to relax!

We’re running over 15 workshops for Year 11 and 12 students these summer holidays, check them out here!

Step 3: Study in the Mornings

Try not to sleep in and study late in the evening or night, because then you’ll be studying all night and not feel like you’re relaxing.

Wake up early, around the same time you would to head into school, do some study and then you’ve got the entire afternoon off!

I’d recommend studying from around 8am-12pm with a break in between – that’s 4 hours a day, 5 days a week over the summer holidays, that’s 120 hours total! If you’re doing 10 units, or 5 subjects, that’s 24 hours per subject.

That’s plenty of time to relax AND get ahead for 2019.

Looking for extra help to get ahead over the school holidays?

We’re running 15+ Summer Holiday Workshops at our Hornsby Campus this year!

Get a head start on the 2019 school year with our accelerated summer school holiday courses – covering English, Maths, Sciences, Economics, Study Skills and more!

To find out more and get a head start on the 2019 school year get in touch today! 

Give us a ring on 1300 267 888, email us at info@artofsmart.com.au or check us out on Facebook!


Isabella Hanley is the Digital Content Manager at Art of Smart. She is super passionate about sharing her knowledge on surviving the HSC since completing the Year 12 in 2014. In her downtime she enjoys Netflix binging like a pro, singing in the shower and hanging out with her awesome rescue dog, Ruby.