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Having exams right around the holidays isn’t always ideal, but what is indeed ideal is the wonderful opportunities they provide for study breaks, especially here in South Kensington! 

Contrary to what you think I may be about to say, exam studying is not all about just studying. Sounds contradictory right? It’s physically impossible to study for 24 hours straight seven days a week —and if you can, you’re probably superhuman and don’t need to bother with this post. But if you’re a normal student who struggles with that feeling of info overload when you hit hour six of studying on a daily basis, this post is definitely for you.

The key to seeing results before, during, and after exams, lies in balance. Breaking up studying and planning effectively can actually enhance your ability to study. Taking the time to refocus is essential in making sure you can actually focus. Again, sounds paradoxical but it is true!

The beauty of studying at Imperial, is that there are many places to go and things to do within a minute’s walk away. For anyone looking for suggestions about how to strike this perfect balance between textbooks and teatime or whatever else you fancy doing that doesn’t involve equations and calculators, here’s a list of the best events near Imperial in the coming weeks that can serve as a nice break to your day in the library:

1. Head over to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park to shop the markets and recharge with some cider before heading back into the library

2. Pop into The Orangery in Kensington Gardens for breakfast or tea on your way to the library to make sure you’re relaxed yet fueled and ready to hit the books. 

3. If you’re a Disney fan, pop next door to Royal Albert Hall for all sorts of Christmas events. They even showed Tim Burton’s remake of Alice in Wonderland on December 12.

4. Also right next door is the ice rink at the Natural History museum where you can get in your daily dose of exercise and some fresh air between study sessions.

Best of luck to all taking exams soon and best wishes for the holidays!

Lauren is studying for our MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management programme.

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