Online learning is now a part of everyone’s timetable. It is crucial that you attend your online classes and complete your assignments in order to stay on top of your work and achieve your qualification.
Check out our top ten tips for studying at home:
1. Schedule your time
Plan out exactly what work needs doing for when, allot a specific amount of time and stick to your schedule! If you don’t manage to finish a piece of work in the given time, it’s better to come back to it later with a fresh pair of eyes than just neglect all your other work instead.
2. Take regular, short breaks
Your brain needs rest to remember things, and you’ll find it easier to concentrate if you take short, regular breaks in between different pieces of work. Avoid scrolling through social media or getting sucked into Netflix during these breaks — use them to make a snack or go for a walk, and return feeling ready to concentrate again!
3. Get fresh air and exercise
Use some of your free time to get out of the house and move about if you can — exercise helps with sleep, memory and concentration. You also get endorphins from exercise which will help you stay positive while at home.
4. Make time for yourself
When the pressure’s on and you have deadlines approaching, it can be easy to stop relaxing and spend all your time studying. However, this can lead to burn-out and make it harder for you to stay motivated in the long run. Try and take some quality time for yourself every day, where you do an activity you find fun and rewarding — this could be seeing friends and family, having a spa night, walking your dog, drawing, reading or watching your favourite film!
5. Find the right place to study
It’s important to give yourself a designated place to study, away from the places where you relax: whenever you enter that space, you will find it easier to stay focused and be in the right mindset to study.
6. Tackle the hardest work first
By putting the hardest work first, you ensure you have time to find extra resources, plan to spend extra time on it if necessary and also work on it while you are still fresh and alert!
7. Just get it started
Often, the thought of doing something is worse than actually doing it and we put it off until the very last minute. Remember that if you start early enough, you’ll always have enough time to go back and check your work. It’s far easier to edit a piece of rough work than to write something perfect from scratch, so just get started and the hardest bit is out of the way!
8. Hide your phone
We all reach for our phones automatically, and it’s very easy to spend hours scrolling and browsing without even noticing. Be really strict with yourself while you’re studying, and switch it off entirely! The more you do this the easier it will be to concentrate and be productive at home.
9. Reward yourself
Plan to give yourself little rewards throughout the week to keep yourself motivated. This could be seeing a friend, buying yourself something new or eating your favourite meal. If you have something to look forward, you will be less likely to procrastinate with ‘false’ rewards like opening Instagram or scrolling through TikTok — again!
10. Everyone is different!
We all work differently; you need to find your own techniques for studying, concentrating and being productive and stick to them. Everyone around you will be in a similar situation of having to work and study from home, so if you need help, just ask someone!