Online learning: 6 tips for studying from home in the Coronavirus era

 It could be one more semester or even an entire academic year until in-person classes will happen again. So, you must be prepared to study effectively while stuck at home. Here are six tips that will help you with home studying during Coronavirus lockdown. 

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives upside down, disrupting all our habits and day-to-day activities, including going to Uni classes. As the entire world is fighting to stop the virus from spreading, schools have been closed worldwide, impacting over 1.2 billion children in 186 countries as of 29 of April

This is unprecedented: the world has never seen so many students out of school at the same time. But desperate times often lead to innovative solutions. And, that’s the case too as the entire world has moved online to continue studying and teaching. 

But, this sudden shift away from the classroom and towards online learning isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially if it will continue to persist post-pandemic as many are expecting. Readjusting to a new normal in which home studying isn’t a choice, but the only option can be difficult. You get bored, you start missing your friends and the classroom atmosphere, and not to mention the lack of motivation as you’re studying alone in your room. 

Now, don’t worry, studying from home can be more difficult, but it isn’t impossible. And, we have six tips to help you adjust to home studying. 

  1. Don’t procrastinate

Yeah, we get it, the lockdown has made all of us Netflix addicts. With so much free time at home, it can be challenging not to press the “Next episode” button. Yet, that’s what you have to do in order to study from home effectively while stuck at home. 

One of the biggest challenges to home studying is finding your motivation to stop binge-watching or scrolling on social media and start studying. But that can be difficult. 

So, how can you not procrastinate with so much fun content distracting you? You can use a productivity app, for example. If you want to get things done, productivity apps can help. These apps can do much stuff to help you stay focused on your tasks, from automatically putting your phone on silent to sending you reminders to start studying and allowing you to create to-do-lists to keep track of your tasks. 

  1. Set up a study space

Even if we’re not always aware of it, the physical space can have a significant impact on our mental state, including helping us stay focused or, quite the opposite, distracting us. In fact, many studies suggest that, over time, our brain develops associations between our environment and the activity that we typically do there. So, let’s say, for example, that you usually learn in bed. Over time, this can hinder your ability to sleep. So, it’s always better to craft a separate studying space so that when you are there, your brain will know that it is time to work. 

If you already have a desk in your bedroom, that’s a great start. Now, it is time to do a little Marie Kondo-ing by decluttering the space and making room for your books, laptop, and study tools. Also, you can design your desk area to boost your focus and creativity. For example, you can add a few plants as natural colors like green can improve concentration. Also, make sure that you let plenty of natural light in to protect your eyes while studying and improve your mood and productivity

  1. Eliminate distractions

You miss hanging out with your friends. We get that. But leave texting or talking on the phone with them after studying. Also, get rid of the urge to check your social media every 5 minutes. 

How do you tune out distractions? You leave your devices outside of your study space. Instead, prepare yourself with some headphones and some studying music. For example, instrumental music has been proven to be helpful as background music for studying or working.

  1. Get techy

When you’re studying from home, you need to arm yourself with lots of tech devices, video conference apps, and collaboration tools. 

If you don’t own a device, now is the perfect time to look for rent to own laptops options. You’ll need a laptop to stay in touch with your professors and your study group. 

Now, if you own a computer, getting a laptop is still a good idea during these uncertain times as this device allows you to study from anywhere. So, even if you go away, you can still continue studying. 

Next, make sure you install all the apps your Uni professors ask for. Your class may be using apps like Zoom, Google Classroom, or anything similar that allows real-time video communication and collaboration. 

  1. Take breaks

Doing your best not to procrastinate when you’re studying from home is really important. Yet, you also should avoid overdoing it! 

Think about this: your typical day at your Uni doesn’t involve studying the entire day. That’s because not taking frequent short breaks actually affects your focus and productivity. So, try to maintain a studying schedule similar to what your in-person classes would be like. 

The human brain needs a chance to rest every now and then, so make sure that you take breaks to relax and recover. 

  1. Hang the “DO NOT DISTURB” sign

Home studying can be really difficult with everyone else at home. But make no mistake, you’re not the only one struggling with focusing when there’s so much noise around them. 

So, it is essential to let anyone else in your home that you’ll be studying in the next few hours so that they’ll give you some quiet time to focus on your lectures. 

Shifting to home studying isn’t easy and comes with unique challenges. Yet, these tips can help you better adjust to studying at home and eliminate some of these hurdles. 

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