7 Remote Study Tips
For over a month, HSE University – St. Petersburg students have been studying remotely. Integration of this new experience to day-to-day life took a while, and still many students (and not only students) find studying from home challenging. Here are some tips you might find useful to cope with procrastination and organize your day.
1. Separate Studying and Time Off
Planning your day ahead is always a good solution, especially when it comes to some life changes. Spacing will help you not mix up your work time and rest, which creates order in your life and lets you have quality time off. Moreover, daily planning minimizes delaying things, so that you will avoid both procrastination and much stress during a deadline. Even having designated time to clean and cook makes you feel more organized, so it goes without saying that planning affects your studying process even more.
2. Stay Connected
Feeling alone and isolated and staying home with limited in-person contacts may exacerbate it. Make sure to find time to talk to your friends and family, so that you and your dearest ones will feel much easier. In such a situation, technologies and social media come in handy, so use them at full capacity. Do not forget about your classmates who might need your help and support in self-isolation.
3. Remove Distractions
In self-isolation, you may be misguided by a feeling that you have much more extra time (at least because you do not need to get to the university and back). However, a phone, social media, cats, and snacks will make you end up spending more time to achieve the same result as if you were focused on your task. Not only it makes you spend your time resource inefficiently, but also may leave you stressed because you are not done with some particular tasks.
4. Use Your Commute Time
It is easy to spend what used to be your commute time to sleep in, but a good idea is to preserve some day-to-day routine to set yourself up to both work and rest. Think about having a brief walk instead to start off the day and after you are done to mark the end of your study time, which is another way to stay physically connected to the world. Remember about spacing.
5. Do not Work Where You Sleep
Having designated areas for studying, rest and having a meal is essential in times when you are at home 24/7. Make sure you set these boundaries, otherwise you might not only limit your focus on work but also have trouble with sleeping and rest. And, of course, you can better assemble and organize your study materials, papers, books at a desk.
6. Get Cooking
If you are forced to stay home, you might as well brush up on your cooking skills. Now you have an opportunity to actually take control of your diet. It is not a secret that the right amount of nutrition is an important part of student life, so make sure you consume healthy food and take care of your body in self-isolation. Even though the idea to order out is very tempting and the service is convenient, this might turn out costly.
7. Shake It Up
When it comes to the topic of health and wellbeing, physical activity definitely should be mentioned. Even if your only exercise was your commute, admittedly, you moved considerably more. Being in a situation when you cannot go to your favourite yoga class anymore, try and add some movement to your quarantine life to compensate lack of physical activity. It is crucial to maintain your health productivity, so go for everything you like. The Internet is full of ideas about how to exercise if you do not have any equipment, space or training experience.