Corona: Study at Home
How to study at home
Whether you’re a first, second, third or fourth year, it’s important to be able to study effectively at home. It is especially important to be able to maintain your grades remotely as lectures are online this term! So, to help ease you into the foreseeable future, I’ve complied my handiest tips to help you get the most out of online learning.
Before you start, it’s important to have your timetable printed, sketched or downloaded so you know when your lectures will be taking place. This way you know when to get up and can plan your days well to find time for other activities. If you’re at home, it’s also helpful to give your family a copy so they know when not to disturb you.
Do Lectures as they Air
Now you have your timetable, use it! There’s no point in having it if you’re just going to ignore it, so make sure you do your lectures on time. This is integral for a number of reasons. Firstly, you can make sure that you prepare yourself beforehand to be ready to go e.g. printing off slides to annotate. Moreover, you have them done and out the way so you can enjoy the rest of the day without them hanging over you. Finally, if you do them immediately, they won’t build up so you fall behind until you drown in an entire module that you never watched.
Have a Workspace
Having a designated area to study is important not only for your brain to understand that *this* is where the thinking takes place, but also so you can set boundaries with your family/housemates. If you enter the study or are at your desk, they will understand you’re busy with work and will strive to leave you undisturbed. When you’re away from your workspace, your brain registers that study time is over and you’re free to do whatever you want. If you are using a communal space however, it’s even more important to let it be known when your lectures take place, so you can have computer priority.
Sort Your Notes
Seeing as you’re at home, I’m sure you have a plethora of resources at your disposal. Make use of all those folders your mum bought you when you were doing your A Levels and separate out your modules. It is wise to also date your work so you can access it in chronological order, or simply write the lecture number on the top so it makes sense. You really have no excuse for a jumble of papers in your bag now that you don’t have to commute in to uni., so help future you out and keep on top of things. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself when it comes to exam time.
Use the Weekend to Catch Up
If, for some reason, you are unable to complete your lectures on the day and don’t find time to finish them during the week (it happens!), use the weekend to catch up. If you set yourself the task of having the week done by Sunday evening, you’ll be ready to enjoy the Christmas holiday as a holiday instead of frantically doing lectures dating back from the second week of October.