Best ways to study at home
Working and studying from home can be difficult, especially when the television and Netflix are right in front of you. So to help you stay focused we've got some simple, yet effective tips and tricks, to ensure you are productive with your uni work at home.
1. Treat your online class as if it were face-to-face
Ok, we know you are behind a computer screen but try and treat it as though your lecture is face-to-face. You could get dressed out of your pyjamas and make sure you participate and engage. You don't want to come away from the lecture thinking you had no clue what they were talking about, so answer and ask questions to get the most out of it.
2. Set up a designated workspace
Instead of just lying on your bed with a laptop, set up a designated area to do your work. Doing this will give you more motivation to knuckle down and complete tasks instead of lying in bed where you will probably just want to stick Netflix on.
Tip: Making sure you've got a comfortable chair is key!
3. Create a timetable of work
Spending all day sitting at your desk isn't going to be productive and you'll just dread having to do it the next day as well. Create a timetable of half an hour, or hour blocks and decide what you are going to be working on each time slot, this will keep you focused and you'll know what needs to be completed each day.
4. Limit distractions
Put your phone on the other side of the room, scrolling through TikTok and Instagram isn't going to get your essay done. Once your phone is away you'll be surprised at how much work you can get done, you can check your phone after your work period slots - just remember to put it back down again.
5. Take regular breaks
Taking regular breaks is important to keep you concentrated. When you do take a 10-minute break or a lunch break, make sure you move away from your desk or workspace. If you stay seated you will feel like you haven't had a proper break and will feel unmotivated to carry on with work.
6. Get some fresh air
After what may feel like a whole day of staring at your screen, get some fresh air. Whether it's a walk around the block or a quick jog, getting some fresh air in your lungs will really help, just remember to wrap up warm.
7. Enjoy your evenings
Don't work late into the evenings, you need some time to switch off, unwind and relax. Once you get to the end of your day, put your laptop and work down and don't look at it again until the morning. Enjoy your evenings, whether that's cooking a nice meal, watching your favourite series or finishing a jigsaw, it's important to sign off so that you're ready to go again the next day.
Go easy on yourself, this is different for everyone and you can only try your best!
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