Not having access to your tutors, study areas and library can be a big shock to the system. Plus having to adapt to a new working environment which is doubling up as a live/study space with housemates can be problematic. We have put together some tips that help you to study effectively remotely.
Get into a routine and stick to it
Work out when you are most productive – are you a morning bird, afternoon person or are you a night owl?
Find your perfect spot
As draconian as it sounds, we are much more productive when sitting at a desk, so try and study there. If you are fortunate to have access to a quiet lounge or kitchen space then make use of that.
Get rid of all your distractions and that means your phone
The phone is by far the biggest time killer. I would advise that you turn off all your settings so you are not disturbed. If you find your phone too much of a temptation then just either switch it off or leave it in another room.
Create a study schedule
Set specific times for studying and for breaks. Start out doing periods of 30 minutes to study and five minutes for a break. When you know you have a break coming up, you will find it easier to focus on your studying. As you get used to this schedule, increase the study times to 45 and then 60 minutes. You could also try the Pomodoro technique. 25 minute intervals of work followed by a break.
Recent studies show that meditating before you study can improve your reading comprehension, memory, concentration, stress and anxiety.There are some great apps that help you to meditate such as Headspace.
Starting in early April, Student Support and Wellbeing and the Student Learning Advisory Centre are running free online meditation sessions each week via zoom. The sessions are 40 minutes long and there is a focus on dealing with anxiety and strategies for remaining focused.
If you are lucky to have noise cancelling headphones, these can work like a dream. Or another idea is to work out when your house is the most noisy and quiet and organise your working hours around those times. If neither of these work then you might have to call a house meeting.