As we go in and out of lockdown, it can be even harder to stay motivated and keep on top of college work. Many students will be doing all their classes and work from their homes for the foreseeable future, but how can we get ourselves in the right mind-set to focus on assignments from home as exam season looms? Here’s some tips.
Organise a good study space
Everyone has a different home environment so this one can be difficult, but if possible, try find a space dedicated to online classes and studying. Try keep it neat and tidy – this can help you feel calm and more in control when the time comes to start writing assignments or studying for exams. Make a timetable so that you can keep on top of your work and not allow class work to leak into your personal down time and vice versa.
Engage in your classes
While it might be hard to unmute your microphone and get involved in the beginning, asking questions and engaging with the material is a huge way to get into the right frame of mind for learning. Just because it’s online, you should still treat it like you would a normal lecture, and be on time, listen, ask questions and generally get the most out of it. It will come in handy later on when it comes to doing assignments or exams if you actually paid attention.
Talk to your classmates
Social interaction is what a lot of us are missing from the college experience this year, so it’s important to try and mimic that as much as possible. Make a class group chat or message friends individually. Talking to your college friends, be it about college or anything else, will give you a sense of normality and a boost to get on with your work.
If you try to sit at your computer for hours at a time, you’re going to burn out and end up falling behind due to simply being sick of looking at a screen. Remember that in a normal setting, your college day is broken up by things like lunch breaks and commutes, and no one can learn if they’re don’t have a break every once in a while. Remember to switch off once in a while and not overwork yourself.
In such uncertain times, as winter approaches, it’s naturally easy to just lose your drive and fall behind. If this happens, reach out to someone who you can trust and explain how you’ve been feeling. Once you share your feelings with someone, you can start making a plan of how to get back on top of things. Get in touch with your college lecturers and explain what’s been going on to them, and I’m sure they’ll be happy to help you catch up. Just because we’re apart, doesn’t mean we need to be alone.