The situation in which we found ourselves over the span of a few months is definitely something that takes time to adapt to. Whether you’re in high school or getting an MBA, studying during quarantine can and will come with some challenges.
However, that shouldn’t discourage you from it. Here are a few ways to make study time a bit more manageable and leave you with free time to binge on Netflix!
1. Create a Space For Yourself
Having an area specifically made for studying may seem like a small thing, but it can actually help you a lot in the long run. Tailoring it to your needs and decorating so you feel comfortable will help you get into a study mindset.
Make sure you have everything you need near you and bring out some motivational quotes, aromatic candles, sticky notes, or whatever helps you get in the zone.
2. Make Use of Online Resources
Studying on your own shouldn’t be scary, especially with the amount of information you can find online in the day and age we live in. There are numerous resources to make use of—starting from youtube channels, apps, niche blogs, etc.
Don’t forget to thoroughly research any area you are having trouble with since there is a wide array of online resources to help you understand it.
3. Create a Schedule
Many times, having a set time for studying can help you fit it into your routine. This will help you avoid both studying too little and too much. If you create a schedule for your studies, you will most likely find it easier to follow through, rather than relying on a moment of motivation to do it.
Having a schedule will also help you keep track of your studying and give you back a sense of normalcy.
4. Stay in Touch With Your Classmates
We tend to forget just how important human contact is in times like this, even if it’s with people you aren’t that close with. Keeping in touch with your classmates can help you not only socially, but with your learning process too. If you’re transitioning to online learning from traditional classes due to quarantine, then you’re probably used to every day contact with your peers.
Quarantine shouldn’t be the reason you lose that. Try to stay in touch with them and create group chats so you can discuss whatever subject you’re studying for at the time. It will help you maintain the idea that just because you’re not in a traditional class, you should still learn.
5. Take Breaks
Breaks are just as important as a schedule, don’t forget that. If you end up overworking yourself, you’ll see that it’s only going to set you further back. Similarly, you should be careful not to prolong your break into one that lasts for hours.
That being said, small breaks every hour or so to have a little rest are really important. Oftentimes, a small break can feel like a refresh button and you’ll be ready to study again in no-time!
6. Don’t Forget That Your Mental Health Is Important Too
Actually, your mental health comes above everything else. If you find yourself unable to deal with everything and overwhelmed by the situation, take time for yourself, and seek help. Don’t leave your health to be secondary because you might miss a few deadlines.
It’s no easy situation to be with, knowing that there is a pandemic happening and no one is absolutely safe. However, there are many goodhearted people that will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel, so don’t be afraid to reach out.
Studying from home, especially when you’re not used to it, can be quite a task to tackle. However, if you make a few simple rules that you can easily follow, it will soon seem no different than what you’re used to. Good luck with your studies and stay safe!
Arta Mekuli is a writing enthusiast and is eager to write about topics that tackle educational and life issues. As a former student herself, she spends most of her time writing about student experiences and personal development. She hopes that through her writing, she’ll be able to help students with their studies and other matters on their minds. Currently, she’s writing for the blog of the University of the Potomac.