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How to make the most out of Reading Week in post-secondary school

How to make the most out of Reading Week in post-secondary school

Reading week is a time to have fun and catch up and prepare for all your exams and deadlines ahead. 

To ensure you’re making the most out of your time, we’ve created a list of tips on how you can get organized and enjoy this upcoming reading week.

Know when you’re most productive

To be successful during reading week, it helps to know when you’re most productive. 

Some people are most alert in the morning, while others are night owls and study best at night. You should know which one you are. 

Once you figure out when you’re most productive, build your schedule around that. If you’re most productive in the morning, plan to do most of your most difficult work then. If you’re a night owl, you can go out with friends during the day and plan to do most of your work in the evening.

Don’t let it ruin your rhythm

Reading week can be good to recharge as long as you don’t let it knock off your rhythm. Reading week lets you catch up on your studying, but it can also be disruptive to your schedule. Pay attention to how much you modify your schedule for reading week. This could affect you for weeks to come.

It’s a good exercise to review what you did each day. This gives you a chance to pat yourself on the back for a job well done, as well as make changes to your schedule as needed.

Time management

Just because it’s reading week and you don’t have to go to class, it doesn’t mean you should totally slack off. It’s still important to keep a schedule if you hope to be somewhat productive.

Good time management starts with creating a schedule and sticking with it. The schedule doesn’t have to be as strict as it would be during a normal school week. However, it should list out what you want to accomplish that day. 

That way, you can avoid the not-so-fun situation of arriving on Sunday evening of reading week left scrambling, realizing you got nothing accomplished.


Although it’s a good idea to be productive during reading week, it’s important to take some time for yourself. The last thing you want is to come back from reading week feeling burned out because you worked too hard.

Take some time to do something fun. It could be a day at the spa or a weekend getaway. Whatever excites you, set a plan to do it during the week.

A great way to motivate yourself is to leave it until the end of reading week. That way it will feel that much more rewarding once you’re relaxing after you’ve accomplished everything you’ve set out to do.


Reading week is given to students to help with academic success. If you use your time efficiently, it can make a huge difference in your results. 

Happy reading! Wishing you plenty of success this year!