For many of us the last few weeks have seen a whirlwind of change with the Coronavirus outbreak, and we understand that studying from home can be a challenge or completely out of the norm. Things may feel out-of-control right now and you may be facing a lot of unknowns and disruptions. Making a plan and adjusting your studying may help you feel even a little sense of control.
We know that there is nothing better than a pyjama day. However, it is really important to get dressed and start the day as you mean to go on, so avoid the temptation to study in your PJs. Get up, have breakfast and feel motivated for the day ahead. Otherwise you might find yourself in the mood for lounging on the sofa all day!
Create a workspace
If you are able to do so, set up a designated study area so that you can keep your studying away from your home life. If you’re lucky enough to have a desk, make use of this space but if not, any surface where you can sit comfortably is good enough!
Establish a routine and remember to take a break
We know some of you are morning people, and others less so. Establish a routine that works for you and stick to it.
Start using a timetable if it helps to plan your day. This is a great way to keep on top of your work and not get distracted during your study hours. Divide your day up into the hours you want to spend working, and remember to include regular breaks to clear your mind. It is recommended to get up and stretch your legs around every 30 minutes.
If you can, decide what your study times will be – this may vary depending on your workload and family members, but this will give you the motivation to get the work done. And don’t forget to speak to a friend or family member during your day.
Avoid any distractions
Turn off your phone or your social media notifications if you are easily distracted. — whatever it takes to help you stay focused while working. We know that this isn’t always easy in our connected world, but use your study time wisely.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Remember, we are here for you during this uncertain time. If you have a question about your work, please do get in touch with your lecturer – they are just a quick email away waiting to help, so please get in touch. Remember, we’re all in this together!
Know it's OK to feel anxious
Take things day by day and please ask for help if you need it.
The whole team here at NSCG take the health, support and welfare of you all really seriously. Our dedicated Student Support Team are on hand to help you, so please get in touch if you need support. For more ways to look after your mental health during this time, please visit our COVID-19 Support and Wellbeing page.