5 tips to studying online this semester

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Getting the most out of remote learning 

 

By Sumitra Naidoo

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 9 of VARSITY News.

 

Students now have a new normal when it comes to learning online. Making sure that each day is as productive as possible has become a never-ending struggle for many of us, for some students learning whilst at home can prove to be quite a challenge. Here are 5 tips that you can implement to ensure you reach your full potential this semester:

 

  1. Get organised and plan ahead

Create a planner for what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. This will help you with dividing up tasks that you want to complete for each week and will help you avoid cramming in chunks of work before deadlines. Set realistic goals for each week in your planner, if you know that you won’t get through all your readings in one week, don’t set yourself up for disappointment by putting it in your planner. Remember: SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timeous)

 

  1. Manage your study space

This is probably the most difficult one when you’re at home as every space seems to be distracting. Identify the quietest space in your household that will get you into that working mindset and maximise your productivity (try and avoid spaces such as in front of the TV as it will be noisy and disturbing). Some students are lucky to have a desk to work at, but if you don’t, try find a surface where you’re comfortable with your laptop and notes. Additionally, make sure your study space is clean and clutter free.

 

  1. Take breaks

If you find yourself procrastinating a lot, the chances are high that you’re about to reach burn out. Identify when your most productive hours are and work around that. Try and go for walks or do some exercise instead of watching TV as it will avoid you binging a whole series. Especially during pandemic times, taking mental health days can see you being more productive since you will be properly rested and ready to work again.

 

  1. Co-ordinate group chats

Creating group chats with your classmates will be a reminder that you’re not in this alone. Group chats can be a useful way to find out information or get help with course material. It is also a useful way to keep track of whether you are falling behind on work and will help you maintain a good productivity level.

 

  1. Don’t neglect your well-being

Take care of your health and make sure you are getting enough sleep. Studies show that a well-rested body sharpens your focus and improves your working memory (that’s why professional athletes have strict sleeping schedules). If you feel unhappy and low, never underestimate the power of a shower and some clean clothes. Remember to always wear your mask when you go out and to regularly wash your hands.

 

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