Tips For Effective Studying From Home
- Amruta Bhaskar
- Aug 20, 2020
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Studying does not have to be very stressful and time-consuming all the time. It is all about taking a different approach and finding what works for you. With campuses around the world closing temporarily to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), an increasing number of students are being forced to continue their studies remotely.
During these challenging times, it can be hard to stay motivated and focused, particularly when the world events and news headlines seem to demand your attention from moment to moment.
It’s important to remember that, for right now at least, the only thing you can control is what is right in front of you. You might not be able to alter world events, but you can create a calm, conducive atmosphere that will help you move forward in your studies and career planning.
To help students stay productive while studying remotely below are some essential tips for staying focused at home.
Create the perfect studying environment
The first step to smarter studying at home is creating a perfect studying environment. Make sure your study area is quiet, comfortable and free from distractions. Try to experiment with different study areas. For example, if you get too distracted when you are at home, try studying in the school library or any other quiet area. If you are not required to use technologies for your studying, try switching off all your devices.
Use an academic planner to keep track of your assignments, homework and deadlines. You can use a traditional paper-based planner or use the resources available on your school website or online. Always organise your learning materials. Keep all materials for different subjects in different folders, use colour coding or labelling to make your studying more effective. Most importantly, not all organisational systems work for all students, so make sure you develop a system that works for you.
Manage your time
Effective time management is one of the most useful skills that you can learn while at school. This is a lifelong skill that will benefit you in many ways. Plan how much time you want to spend studying a specific subject every day and set yourself realistic deadlines. Do not forget about any extracurricular activities that you might have and make sure you have enough time for studying.
Communicate with your peers and teachers
Engage with your peers on social media for asking questions, sharing your thoughts and resources or collaborating on different projects. What is more, teachers are always more than happy to answer your questions and to help you with your studying. This also shows that you care about your academic performance which can eventually lead to improved grades!
Turn your notes into flashcards
Turning your notes into flashcards are very useful when you are studying for an assignment or an exam. For instance, if you are studying geometry formulae, write the name of the formula on one side and the formula itself on the other side of the card. Use paper index cards or try some online resources and mobile apps for creating flashcards.
Take a break
Your brain can only take a certain amount of information at a time. If you do not take regular breaks, you will most likely find it difficult to memorise information and you will end up feeling stressed and frustrated. For every hour that you study, you should take at least a 15-minute break to do something that takes your mind away from studying. For example, go for a walk, listen to some music, play a game, chat with your friends or even take a nap.
Positive reinforcement is a great tool for staying motivated. Reward yourself in small ways after completing tasks. Treat yourself to having your favourite snack, watching a movie or playing a computer game. Find whatever keeps you going!
Study all the time
Finally, try your best to study all the time instead of studying a day before your test or exam. Reviewing your notes daily and learning in smaller chunks will help you stay organised and will lead to better knowledge retention. This will lead to achieving better academic results.