Universities have been closing around the world, which has left students having to study from home, watch lectures online, and complete seminars over group calls. This is a drastic change, so I have compiled a list of 6 tips to help you all study at home.
Proper work environment
You must have a proper study space where you can do your work with minimal distractions, whether this is a study, desk, or a random table. Having a study space just for you can also help you keep organised as all your reading, assignments and course material will be in the same place. It may not be too difficult to find a space like this if you live alone or in student accommodation, but if you’re back at home with your family it can be trickier as more people mean less space and more distractions.
It’s important to make a schedule and stick to it. Your online lectures and seminars should still be taking place at the same time, so really your study schedule shouldn’t need to change too much. Just make sure you have a few hours each week solely for studying, such as two hours on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon.
If you are living back at home with your family you must keep organised, especially if you have family members that are also completing work at home, such as younger siblings doing schoolwork and parents doing office work. As you don’t want to mix up your work with theirs or vice versa. You may also want to consider creating a list of assignments and assessments you need to complete in order of closest due date to avoid missing deadlines.
Software and Equipment
Many courses require you to use specialist software that you may no longer have access to. In these cases, universities are adjusting the assignment and assessment criteria to make sure work can be completed at home. This may be through letting students use phones instead of cameras and microphones, or by creating a new alternative assessment altogether. Many software developers, like Adobe, are allowing students to access their software at home for no additional cost, provided that their university, college, or school is a current customer with them. Also make sure you have access to any software needed for online lectures or seminars, such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Keeping in touch and staying connected with your teachers and other students on your course can have a significant impact to your studying from home, as just because you’re are home doesn’t mean you’re alone. They are still able to answer your questions, offer support and give advice to make sure you complete your work to the best ability you currently can.
It is also important for you to stay motivated, as studying at home may sound like a holiday but it’s not as you will still have work that needs doing. Don’t fall into the trap of waiting until the last minute, especially with all the distractions being at home can bring. Remember to watch your lectures online and participate in your online seminars otherwise you’ll be missing out and may fall behind, which nobody wants this close to the end of the year. Remembering why you’re doing the course will help motivate you, but also give yourself mini rewards each time you complete a task or submit some work, whether that’s an extra break or a sweet treat.