From studying online to how I’m adapting in Lockdown 3
Long time, no see!
As I’m sure any finalist or recent graduate will tell you, your final year is, of course, your most stressful and busy, so add in a pandemic and the move to online learning, you can guess that the last few months have been incredibly hectic!
Suffice to say this year has been weird and unexpected and downright exhausting, but despite everything going on I think it’s really important to retain whatever level of normalcy is possible in the current circumstances.
So, in trying to keep up with that theme I wanted to briefly reflect on my final 1 term at Warwick.
The first thing I noticed about third year was that you definitely hit the ground running! Within a few weeks of lectures starting, we were already submitting ethics forms for our project/dissertation and discussing essay questions for final assessments.
On one hand this was great for me as it kept my mind busy and not focused on the massive changes happening this year, but I was definitely relieved to come home for a much-needed break!
Also, my department was one of the few that decided to move all learning (lectures and seminars) 100% online so that was an adjustment that took a while to get used to.
Luckily, I managed to find a routine fairly quickly in term 1 (maybe it was the novelty of studying online?) but since lockdown 3 began in January I’ve found that my old routine doesn’t seem to be working quite as well.
Maybe it’s because there’s a change in environment (I’m now studying from home rather than campus) or because there’s a lot more deadlines and work this term, but I’ve realised I need to change my routine to make sure I’m making the most of my time.
So, instead of attempting to get all my notes done for each lecture in one sitting, I’m now splitting the lectures up into much more manageable chunks of around 30 mins.
This definitely makes each lecture seem less daunting and easier to tackle.
Another method I’m using, which I did carry over from last term, is to try where possible to stick to the order each week – it just helps with keeping up that normalcy we all want to return to and making sure that you stay on top of everything.
Finally, as we approach the halfway point of this term and academic year, I’m sure a few of us are starting to think about exams (even if it’s just in the back of our minds!) and worry about how to tackle another year of online exams.
Based off last year, I’ve decided that the best way for me to take on these exams is to plan early! Whether it’s making flashcards as I go through topics or having a revision timetable ready as soon as the Spring holidays begin.
Whilst this may not be the best method for everyone (Do what’s best for you!) I’ve found if I plan early, I worry much less as I get closer to exams as I’m not using valuable revision time trying to decide what to revise.
I hope these few tips help you with navigating another online term and if you have your own tips, please feel free to share them in the comments below- I’d love to hear them!