10 top tips for coping with enforced home studying

Now that many universities have made the decision not to return to lectures attended in person many students will have no alternative than to study from home or from their student accommodation. Keeping motivated can be a challenge and you might need some extra support to keep you on top of things. Here are our top ten practical tips:

1. Routine

Many are finding that organising the day helps. It’s tempting to lie in bed watching Netflix, though establishing a routine and getting the work out of the way earlier will help you to feel more in control and leave time for leisure later. This is good for your mental wellbeing.

2. Keep informed

If you’re unsure about anything ask as it’s really important you know what’s happening, especially when things are changing every day. No question is a stupid one.

3. Silver linings

Write down the upsides of studying from home and focus on how to use them to your advantage now and in the future. For example, you might work better at 8am or 3pm so can now choose when to access your productive time.

4. Willpower

Setting down to complete a challenging task when you’re on your own can be tough, though here’s an opportunity to build up your determination to succeed. This is a useful skill for the future. Reward yourself with treats.

5. Lose the guilt

It’s hard to focus when studying alone and remotely and getting off track can bring on feelings of negativity and guilt. Make sure you’re clear about what you’re supposed to be achieving, then write down a manageable to do list for each day and tick it off as you go.  

6. Refocus

If you lose motivation, take a break or do something else for a while. Reward an unpopular task with an enjoyable one. 

7. Virtual support

Digitally connect with course mates/friends/your tutors. Perhaps have a certain time of day when you all catch up, talk projects and socialise.

8. Rewards

Think about what you’ve achieved and celebrate with a break or a treat. Work on your self-confidence by accessing your ‘inner cheerleader’ to keep up the positive affirmation.  

9. Self-care

Be conscious of your mental health and be kind to yourself. Build in some ‘me time’ such as rest and relaxation, exercise, meditation, spending time with family, doing something you enjoy.

10. Community

If you’re fit and healthy, find ways to support others locally who may be less able by helping with their shopping, doing some online tutoring for disadvantaged kids or joining a phone support line. Giving back is good for your health.

Overall, think about what you’re learning from having to do things differently and see how this can be applied in future – you might discover a few surprises… 

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