It’s been a strange couple of weeks, hasn’t it? Now that I’ve settled a bit more into the idea of studying from home, I’ve come up with five tips for being productive throughout it all.
Keep a routine
Routines are incredibly important at a time like this. Don’t stay in bed until whatever time you feel like getting up and stay in your PJs all day. You need to keep some sort of normality in life, so wake up at a regular time (save lie in for the weekend), get showered and dressed as you normally would and start your study at a normal time.
It’s all too easy to let the days go by, but we don’t have all that long left until we will hand in our assignments, so keep waking up on time and being productive. Take regular breaks as well and make sure you get some exercise in, even if that’s just in your living room. With the current guidance, you can go outside once a day for exercise, as long as you stay at least two metres away from other people.
Find a regular space to study
Don’t study anywhere, keep a regular study space. That way, you can keep your social space free from your study space. Try doing all your work at the kitchen table rather than on the sofa where you’d be more tempted to watch TV.
It’s a little more difficult in student accommodation but try to find a place where you know you’ll be productive and not tempted by any distractions. Even consider leaving your phone in another room while you’re in an online lecture or writing an assignment.
Don’t take lectures in bed
The first thing that came to my mind when I read “online lectures” was “great, I don’t have to get out of bed”. That turned out to be a pretty bad idea; I was not at all awake or productive.
Take your lectures at your desk, as if you were in an actual class and be ready to contribute and take notes. It’s the best way to continue as normally as possible and remain productive.
Talk to your classmates
This is not only to be able to share study notes and help each other, but also to check in with each other and talk about your wellbeing. FaceTime, message and call each other to make sure you’re all doing OK and also to ask questions about things you might not understand when studying. It’s so great that we have all this technology during this time.
Use the support available
Even with no face to face teaching, there’s still plenty of support available from lecturers, Academic Advisors and Student Services. Use the support that’s available to you from these teams, check MySuffolk to see how you can access this support from your own home and how you can book phone and Skype appointments.
Even with the unusual weeks it’s been, it’s important to stay positive and listen to the advice that’s being given to us. Keep up-to-date on what’s going on, but also remember your wellbeing, so don’t make it the centre of your conversations with people.
Keep productive and take care!