How to stay on top of your studies at home
Attempting to work on assignments and revision right now is far from easy. But, as I’m sure you all know by now, for second and final year students, exams are being replaced by various forms of online assessments. These are listed in our weekly newsletter from the university, and could include open book exams, multiple choice exams or an essay type assessment (as well as others). So what does this mean? It means that we need to try and power through, to stay productive and keep our knowledge clear, ready for our summer assessments. In this blog, I’ll be discussing a few methods that I’ve been using.
– Find your study space: Find somewhere in your house that is (hopefully) far away from other noise, is light and has a window nearby, and preferably has a desk or table. If possible, it is good for this to not be your bedroom, so that you view your study space for working and bedroom for relaxing. When you’re in this space, try and leave your phone elsewhere, and just concentrate on working solidly for however long you can.
– Set achievable goals: Within a week of staying in, I realised that my hourly timetables were not going to work effectively. These are stressful times to be living in, and our amount of work is likely to be affected. Also, working at home every day can feel very repetitive, meaning we’ll want other ways to fill our time- in my case reading and baking. Every day isn’t likely to be the same, and it’s good to add some variety in what you do each day.
This means that you probably won’t do the same amount of work every day. To feel like you’ve achieved something, set a goal for a topic you want to focus on that day – not how much of the topic, or how long you revise for – but just a reminder that you’ll focus on something specific. This will help to keep your work on track.
– Prioritise deadlines: If you have assignments due in soon, try and keep this in mind. For some variety, you could intersperse bits of revision with assignments. I’ve tried to do this, by dedicating 3 days (not full days!) to assignments and 3/4 days revision in a week, maybe having a day off at the weekend, as I would do if I was at university right now. Being away from university, it can be all too easy to forget about upcoming deadlines, to be sure to check tabula for a refresh if you’re unsure.
I know how hard it is to concentrate on purely your studies right now, but to help yourself push through, try and remember all the work you’ve put in so far this year. Are you aiming for a particular grade? Could these exams bump your current grade up a bit?
Stay safe and well everyone! 🙂