Top 5 tips for successfully studying at home during the pandemic

It is no secret that the current global pandemic, and their resulting shutdowns have had a severe effect on the education of children. Many academic institutions were caught off-guard, with few resources available for online teaching. The gap in education can cause a lasting impact on their future careers and limit options for further study, so it is up to parents and students, to take ownership and be proactive towards their education at home.

Studying and revising from home can can be difficult, but here are some of our top tips to ensure your success!

  1. Distractions – By far one of the hardest adjustments to make, going from a classroom to being at home, and not getting distracted by the lack of supervision or other things to do. The key is to minimise obvious distractions.

  • Turn off the TV or work in a room without one

  • Pack away any games consoles and mobile phones

  • Create a new user account on your computer, where games and social media are restricted

  1. Environment – Working in a bad or busy environment can make it impossible to get work completed.

  • Try to find a quiet space in your home to study, away from distractions.

  • If you can’t avoid some noise, we suggest ‘closed back’ headphones, which will block out sounds from around you.

  • Make sure you work at a desk or kitchen table, and not on a couch or in bed with a laptop.

  1. Food & drink – It’s important to stay both hydrated and satiated to be able to concentrate optimally. However, when you are at home, there is always a temptation to keep getting up, to get a snack, drink, going to the bathroom, or just to have a break doing something that isn’t quite necessary to keep avoiding work.

    If you attend online classes, lunch breaks may already be set for you, if you are studying independently, make sure to plan your time, setting out your lunch break and short break(s) between sessions, so that you don’t interrupt your study constantly.

  1. Set goals and targets – This is especially important if you are preparing for exams or self-study without teacher led classes. Teachers are great at keeping their students on track and focused on their learning objective, but what happens when the teacher cannot supervise you? It is up to you (and perhaps your parents), to set the targets for each day, week, and so on, to make sure you can cover all the learning material and reach your potential.There is nothing more stressful than to have to play catch-up, after falling behind on your work early on.

    Ideally, set your targets and stick to them. If you are sick or fall behind, don’t worry, but try to catch up sooner rather than later, or the task will get bigger and bigger.

  2. Online teaching – Many schools are struggling to teach large classes over video calls, and some are relying on worksheets and self-study to do so. While for some students this may be enough, it is not optimal, and for many other students, it is going to make them fall behind and not achieve the grades they otherwise deserved and would have got, if schools were still functioning normally.

 

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