Top Tips for Studying Online
As education providers across Australia transition to online study in response to COVID-19, study is looking a little different. Here are some ways you can adapt to studying effectively at home.
Create a dedicated study space
Don’t use your bed. Your bed is for sleeping. Use your study space for studying, and that means when you go into that space, over time, you’ll train yourself so that that’s where you’re concentrating on study.
Set a daily timetable
Most people generally need structure to perform to the best of their ability, so why not set yourself a timetable to schedule your online lectures, readings, discussion activities etc - and then stick to it. If you have daily goals to achieve, you are more likely to stay on track and feel accomplished at the end of the day.
Spending long periods of time staring at a screen might be productive but it’s not good for your eyes. Try and schedule short breaks to get up and take a lap around the house, do a little dance routine, smash out 5 burpees - what gets your blood pumping and gives your eyes a rest.
Take notes (by hand!) during online lectures
There’s something about the process of writing that helps embed knowledge in our brain in a different way. Take advantage of the ability to pause and rewind online lectures to take more comprehensive notes and let the information sink in.
Your brain functions best when you take care of your body - so make sure you're eating nutrient-rich foods as well as exercising regularly (even if it's just getting outside for a walk).
Set time for fun
There is a time to work and a time to rest. So make sure there is a clear line between the two, and allow yourself to "switch off". Watch a good movie, call family, chat to a friend or read a novel - whatever helps you to unwind.
It's OK to be frustrated or angry, or even sad about the situation. The reality is, there's nothing we can do to change it so let's just make the most of it - together! Make sure you are connecting with others so you can support each other, and before you know it things will be back to normal again.