Though studying abroad opens the door to many new and exciting adventures, it’s important to remember that your education is also a priority. That’s why, to have a truly successful experience while studying abroad, you’ll need to balance work and play while you’re away. Unfortunately, achieving the delicate balance between work and play isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish, especially for students without a parent or guardian nearby to help keep them on track. In such cases, you’ll have to take it upon yourself to achieve your goals both inside and outside of the classroom.
So, to help you maintain a balance between work and fun while attending Cape Studies, here are four tips for staying focused on your English language programme, followed by another two tips for becoming a more efficient adventurer.
Tips for staying focused on your studies:
1. Pay close attention to your class schedule.
Your class schedule specifies when you should be in class, so don’t use valuable class time to participate in non-school activities. Remember that your priority is to learn and to do so, you must attend the classes.
2. Keep track of school work and assignments.
Using a day planner, keep track of any upcoming tests and assignments you have due. This will help you stay on top of your course work so you can meet your deadlines. Our website and blog have the most updated information about important dates.
3. Create a study plan.
Using your class schedule and day planner, create a study plan and stick to it. Do remember to schedule some time for adventure between study sessions however, because otherwise, you might as well have stayed home. If you ever feel you need assistance do not hesitate to reach out to our staff. If you have attended Cape Studies, you must have highlighted our friendly environment, we are the Cape Studies family after all! Our teachers and staff will be pleased to help.
4. Find a study partner.
A study partner can help you stay focused on your studies, especially during times when you are feeling less than studious. Don’t forget to return the favor if your partner needs some extra motivation as well. One of the great benefits that Cape Studies offer its students is the cultural mix among students. Different backgrounds, languages and countries residence for example make connecting with others, even more fascinating.
Tips for becoming a more efficient adventurer:
1. Prioritize the adventures that are most important to you.
There’s likely a long list of things you’d like to see and do before returning home. While you probably won’t have time to experience everything Cape Town and South Africa have to offer, make sure to prioritize the things you’d most like to see and do before you leave. That way, you won’t miss out on the attractions that are most important to you. The Activity Coordinator at Cape Studies puts together exciting monthly activity calendars, request a copy and learn more about upcoming trips, tours and entertainment opportunities.
2. Think ahead.
Spontaneity can be great, but it can also cause you to spend more time than expected waiting in line-ups. Instead of making last minute plans, think about your adventures in advance so you can make any needed reservations or pre-order any tickets or passes your adventures will require. A little preparation beforehand may allow you to bypass certain line-ups, so you can more efficiently explore your host country. We work with extraordinary tourism companies in Cape Town and South Africa, you will be surprised about the added value of booking your preferred activities through Cape Studies.
Haven’t arrived yet? Want to make a budget of your extracurricular activities? No worries. Email us at Reception@CapeStudies.com and request a copy of our activity calendar and fees.
Studying abroad is a great way to expand your horizons and no other country offers as many opportunities as South Africa. To have a truly successful experience, it is necessary to balance both work and play. The problem is, when surrounded by so many new things to see and do, maintaining a satisfactory balance can be difficult. By adhering to the previously listed suggestions, however, you can prioritize your studies, without having to forgo your most anticipated travel adventures.
Cape Studies sets itself apart from other English language schools for many reasons, among them, we are student oriented and we are here to assist you.