The summer holidays are upon us and for many ILSPA Students this means less time than usual to dedicate to their studies. There may be holidays booked, children at home or simply more distractions. Whatever the reason, it's important to remember that ILSPA's courses are designed to be flexible and fit around your commitments.

If you find it challenging to find time to study over the next few weeks, we encourage you to focus on keeping your momentum in ways that are manageable. Keeping yourself involved will mean that it won't feel such a shock when you return to studying properly again. 

Here are our top tips:

1. Read DEDICATED -The Legal Secretary Journal 

ILSPA's journal will keep you informed of any legal updates. It also has a fantastic range of professional development, career advice and Student resource topics to boost your motivation. Taking a few minutes to read our journal each month is a great way to keep in touch with the Legal Secretary world.

2. Follow ILSPA on social media

If you are a fan of social media, you may find that you scroll through it daily without really even thinking about it. Why not follow us to stay in the loop? What better way to keep your brain active than have legal secretarial information available somewhere you already visit daily? No extra work required. You can follow ILSPA on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

3. Listen to podcasts

Another great way to incorporate useful information into your daily life is through podcasts. You can listen whilst travelling, relaxing or have one on in the background whilst cooking. You can read our list of recommended podcasts for Legal Secretaries here.

4. Set a small manageable goal

In times when you can't study like you normally would, try setting yourself a small goal, e.g. completing one assessment or reading 10 pages of your study material a week. A small manageable goal will keep things ticking over. It will help you progress in small increments until you return to your normal schedule.

5. Be kind to yourself

ILSPA gives Students up to a year to complete their courses to ensure that they have plenty of time. If you need to slow down at any point, that is normal and expected - don't beat yourself up! Feel safe in the knowledge that you will be able to fully return to your studies at a later date and we are here for you if you need help and support.