How to study productively from home
8 study tips for online learning
1. Get a good space set up and make sure you've got the right tools
2. Plan Plan Plan
3. Know who to ask for help
- Your Instructors: Your teachers are the best source of support for you. Ask them questions about things you are unsure of as soon as they arise, so you don’t impede your learning. Make sure you research your question’s answer first though!
- Student Services: These people are here to support YOU and love to help find solutions to your problems or fulfill your needs.
- Fellow students: A problem shared is a problem halved. You will find that your classmates are most likely to share the same problems you encounter, so don’t forget to ask them if they are experiencing the same problem as you, whether it be motivation, time management, or a specific subject you both study.
4. Set goals
- Break up big assignments into small tasks - don’t set yourself short time frames for big tasks, break them down into bite-sized chunks and mix them up with other assignments or reading so you don’t get mentally fatigued working on one area of study.
- Set mini-deadlines: Look at that essay, work out what is required to write it, break it down and give yourself a good amount of time to complete it in stages, with concrete deadlines for each stage, so you can constantly monitor if you are on track.
5. Get your crew onboard
6. Move around at break time
7. Reward yourself!
Staying put and keeping your focus in a new learning environment is difficult. Be sure to reward yourself for sticking to your schedule and for actively participating in class. Examples of rewards could be making a delicious meal, playing an online game with friends, listening to your favorite song, or anything else that helps to motivate you. When you have something to look forward to it makes you more inclined to stick with the task at hand.
8. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is about learning to train your attention to the present moment. It is easy to get distracted when studying at home, especially with the negative news and uncertainty right now. With mindfulness, you can take a moment to experience your environment without dwelling on what has happened in the past or worrying about the future. Studies have shown that mindfulness increases learning ability and memory - two very good takeaways for studying online at home. Join our mindfulness sessions online in November, sign up here.