How to study effectively from home
Many of us have found ourselves having to isolate or distance ourselves in our student flats or move home earlier than expected as we adhere to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak.
So what can we do to keep going with our degrees as we swap the uni library for our bedrooms?
These are my top six tips for studying from home.
- Have a routine
This one is super important!
When all the structure of uni has suddenly disappeared, it can be tempting to sleep in 'til noon and throw all plans out of the window. But getting up early-ish and keeping to a routine can really help, not only to get work done but to keep a healthy mind-set.
It’s easier to get a good night’s sleep if you wake up and go to bed at roughly the same time each day. You can plan a morning walk, study sessions, some time for hobbies and wind-down time in the evening.
Each day doesn’t have to be the same, but a rough structure will help to maintain some normality and get you motivated!
- Create a dedicated workspace
A tidy desk can make a big difference to your productivity and motivation levels.
Try clearing any clutter off it and just keep a couple of nice decorations like plants or photos to create a minimal, personalised workspace.
You could put some encouraging messages on post-it notes above your desk, which won’t take up any desk space, but can offer some positivity when needed.
- Get dressed
I know it’s tempting to stay in your PJs all day and have a lazy morning, but after several days of it, you’ll start to feel sluggish.
To avoid that lethargic feeling, make sure you get dressed every day (as long as you’re feeling okay) to give you that boost of energy to make sure each day starts off well!
It’s scientifically proven that what you wear affects how you feel, so pick out something that makes you feel productive and confident!
- Make the most of technology for keeping up with your work and group projects
There’s so much technology you can use to keep on top of your uni work!
Adobe has offered free, temporary access for students to access their software from home, along with free Daily Creative Challenges to keep developing your skills.
Coordinating group projects remotely can be done easily using some of the many applications and online resources at our disposal. Zoom now seems to be taking over everyone’s life as we move all our meetings online!
Google Hangouts and Skype are also good options for video conferencing. You can share work on Google Docs and Google Slides to keep everyone in the loop – no need to fall behind even though we can’t meet in person!
- Keep in touch with your uni friends and family
As well as using video calls to smash that group project, they are also amazing ways to keep connected with friends and family you can’t see in person during this time.
It may not be ideal but seeing a loved one’s face over a screen is better than not at all. Especially if you are away from home or on your own, make use of video calls and hopefully it will help you feel less alone.
You could schedule a call with someone at the same time each day to give you something to look forward to and make this a key part of your daily routine.
- Take breaks from uni work
It’s even more important than ever to do everything you can to look after your mental health during this extra stressful time. Social distancing can take its toll on your wellbeing, but luckily we have access to so many things that can help.
There are loads of fitness instructors and dancers doing exercise classes on Instagram live, community volunteer groups you can join to help vulnerable people in your area by delivering groceries to their door or having a chat with them on the phone, and even a science and comedy festival you can go to from your couch!
Above all, look after yourself and others during this time. Stay indoors, study as best you can, and keep connected with your loved ones.
For more information on the measures Liberty Living are taking at this time, read Coronavirus (Covid-19): What you need to know