How to keep up your learning over the holidays

In this post find out how to fit your learning in around holiday celebrations with some tips and tricks for learning in December and January.

In London the evenings are cold and dark, mulled wine is simmering, and yards and yards of Christmas lights are appearing as if by magic. The UK, along with many other countries around the world, is gearing up for the start of a season of food, fun and festivities – be they for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay or one of many other celebrations.

During this period most of us get time away from work or university and we all intend to put this time off to good use – but it’s not always easy. To help, we’ve had a good think about a few ways to keep up with your courses, as well as the celebrations.

1. Create and stick to a schedule


When you’re in holiday mode it’s easy to lose track of the hours and days – before you know it, it’s the New Year and you’re back at work. To avoid this, try to plan your schedule beforehand. Mark certain days, or hours, as learning hours and set reminders on your phone or in your diary so that you stick to them. By doing this you can easily space out your learning and balance it with festive activities.

2. Think of a goal


What do you want to have achieved by the end of the holiday period? Or by the end of December? Try setting yourself a goal. It might be something practical like ‘finish Week 5 and 6 of my course’, or it could be learning-focused like ‘understand conversational Italian’.

Write your goal out nice and big on a post-it note or piece of paper and stick it somewhere you can see it, so each day you’re reminded of what you’re working towards.

3. Take it step by step


A key thing to remember over the holidays is that you can learn in really small chunks – learning doesn’t have to take over your whole day. All FutureLearn courses are split into steps so you can do a little bit here and there. If sitting down for a solid hour of learning isn’t working for you, try 10 minutes at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4. Don’t forget to reward yourself


If you’re still struggling to keep going with your learning, try making sure you have rewards for when you complete some learning. For instance, if you finish five steps of a course you could have a one-minute scroll through Twitter. Or if you finish 20 steps you can have a cup of eggnog or hot chocolate. Little rewards can help keep you motivated if you’re struggling.

Got any other tips on keeping up your learning during December and January? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments (11)


  • Harriet

    This looks great!

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  • Thom

    Number 4 is key. Taking it easy over the holidays will help you hit the ground running once it’s time to get back to work. Another thing I’d recommend: time tracking. Pomodoro or some other form of tracking work and break time throughout the day is really helpful for people who need to structure their day to be productive.

  • Hoang

    When will Futurelearn in apps of mobilephone? The course in Law field is little, can Futurelearn creates more course for this?
    Thank you.

  • Augustine G. Zeanbo

    First of all, I will like to say thank you all for the privilege given me to be with you guys for the past few weeks of Study. I’m here following you people all through during the course of study. I have achieved lots and I will continue to be with you people. I thanks you all for the services. Happy celebration to you all for the various events yet to come.

  • Maria de Jesús Castillo Rivera

    Useful advices! Thank you for sharing them. Greetings from Cancun, Mexico.

  • Lesley Davies

    If you haven’t got any, do get yourself some headphones to use at study times. Then you can study at odd times of the day’evening, or when others are busy being very noisy etc and you can study in peace, and you won’t disturb other people by playing the videos on future learn! Just got myself some, and they’re great! Going to use them all the holidays. Love the study tips by the way.

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  • Cecilia

    Leave a comment…perfect plan for the holidays.Thank you for that.

  • Muhammad Zia Ulhaq

    I want to study medicine/related i can?

  • Barbara Premdas

    Terrific, sensible, do-able advise for contemporary learning. Thanks for these reminder So!