Could a Gap Year Improve your Grades?

Most students have, at one point, sat in a dreary class room or lecture hall and thought ‘I wish I was…’ on a sunny beach, exploring amazing destinations, or simply doing something a bit more fun! This is why gap years have proved so popular with students before, after and even during University years.

When announcing your desire to take a year off, skeptics will want to know what effect it will have on your bank balance, studies and CV – and these are usually the worries which discourage people.

However, now you can rest assured that a gap year will not have a negative effect on your education or CV, as a recent study has found that students who take a year off are more likely to succeed in university compared to people who enter straight from college.

The research, which was conducted by the University of Sydney, tracked a range of Australian students from different backgrounds and disciplines. The results showed that students who had taken constructive gap years, (for example; volunteering, travelling or interning,) had developed skills which had helped them to succeed in education, for example, languages, confidence, organisation, and the ability to ‘think outside the box’.

Travelling away from home for long periods may not appeal to everyone, but it is a very real and viable option for any students desperate to take a break from studying to experience something different. You just need to make sure that any gap year is productive, and doesn’t look like a black hole of wasted time on your CV.

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