Lockdown has had a great impact on our everyday lives, and will continue to do so for some time. Whilst some are having to get used to working from home, for students lockdown has completely transformed our learning environment and daily routines. Most are having to adapt to online learning whilst still completing their assignments and exams. Many university students, like myself, have returned home and are no longer surrounded by the academic environment in which they normally thrive. So, I thought I’d share my tips for adjusting to online learning to help my fellow students get through these last few weeks of the academic year, and prepare for the possibility of returning to online learning in September.
1 – Keep a Routine:
Being away from university means it’s easy to slip out of your usual routine as you get used to living back at home. Try creating a timetable for yourself with your usual library or study sessions written in. By keeping to the same routine you normally had at university, you will be more likely to stick with it. But, if you normally work during the night and can’t do this at home, set yourself a new routine during the day that seems manageable. Don’t forget to schedule time to exercise to help clear your mind, whether this be through a youtube workout, a run or even a walk – it’s important to get fresh air to give yourself a break. Whatever routine you set for yourself, whether is your ‘normal’ or your ‘new normal’ try to stick to it as best as you can.
2 – Make a To-Do List:
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to do, make a to-do list to keep track of your work. Personally, I prefer to set myself physical tasks to complete instead of scheduling time for revision with no goals, this way I can actually see progress being made instead of just staring at a page in a book for an hour – its so much more motivating! Start by setting yourself small goals or tasks to do, if you can complete these easily in a day you’ll be more motivated to do extra work as opposed to setting yourself an endless list of tasks that make you feel disheartened when you don’t finish them all.
3 – Remember Why You’re Doing This:
When you’re feeling lost, take a step back, breathe and remember what you are working towards. Do you have a dream career that you can’t wait to get involved in? Are you studying this subject because you love learning more? Whatever your reason for studying, just remember why you wanted to do this. It might even help to write this goal down as a visual reminder that you can turn to whenever you start to feel a bit stressed.
4 – Keep in Touch With Friends:
Keeping in touch with your friends is a really good way of keeping yourself motivated. Knowing that you’re all going through the same thing together will help you to not feel so lonely. You could also schedule study sessions over video chat or even just a catch up to check up on each other to see how you’re all doing. One important thing to remember is to not compare yourself to your friends and their progress, everyone works at different paces and in different ways.
5 – Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself:
This is the most important point! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t feel motivated to work or finish all your goals for the day. You are working in extreme circumstances and adapting to a new way of life, things will get easier. Remember to practice self-care and treat yourself every now and then, after all you deserve it!
Are you a student in lockdown? What’s helping you get through this strange time?