When the novel coronavirus reached global pandemic levels in 2020, everyone was sent home.
Universities and office spaces shut down, cafes and libraries closed, and suddenly, students and workers alike had to make do with what they had at home. Some were fortunate enough to have separate study and workspaces, but others had to create an environment that cultivated enough focus for them to get through the day.
Now, in 2021, many are still stuck at home.
So, how can you study from home? What steps can you take to create a perfect environment for yourself to learn in? Luckily, we’re here to help.
Read on to learn 7 of the best habits you can set to successfully study from home.
- Create a Separate Space
Whether your classes are being live-streamed on WSN or you’re taking Zoom classes all year, you must have a separate space to study in.
If you have a desk you can use, that’s perfect. If you don’t, you can always use your dining room table, the floor in your bedroom, or the couch in the living room. The important thing is to get out of bed when you can, or at least create a space in your bed that sets the mood for studying.
If your bed is the only study space you possess, make sure you make it every morning. Turn the pillows in a different direction than the one you’re in when you’re sleeping, and buy a lap desk if you’re able. They’re easy to set up anywhere in your space and they give you a flat surface to take notes or write at.
- Stick to Structure
Besides a separate study space, sticking to a structure or routine while you study can be the difference between spending all day on your phone and actually getting work done.
Treat this time as if you’re still getting up for a class or to go to the library. Set an alarm, freshen yourself up, eat breakfast, and then get dressed. You can throw in a morning walk or some yoga before you sit down, but be sure to remain consistent with whatever you do.
By establishing a structure to your days, you let your brain know that it’s time to get work done and prevent yourself from falling behind.
- Connect With Your Community
One thing that’s hard to replicate while working or studying from home is a sense of community, which is why it’s important to seek out interactions when you can. Set up group chats that you can turn to if you need help or just a break from reading.
Reach out about any questions you have, and set up meetings or times to hang out virtually with friends and family when you can.
- Avoid Multitasking
To avoid feeling overwhelmed when you sit down to study, avoid multitasking.
When you’re simply walking 10 feet to your desk instead of making the trip to campus, it can feel like there’s no sense of transition. That’s where it becomes important for you to create a transition.
If you usually spend 30 minutes getting to campus and then to class, take that same amount of time to get your space set up. Put your phone away, stay off social media, gather all your supplies, and create a distraction-free zone for yourself to be in.
Lighting candles or using an essential oil diffuser can help the process feel more relaxing, and so can “study with me” videos on YouTube. The point here is, there is an advantage to studying from home, and that’s the fact that you can spread out in whatever space you’re utilizing, and you can take more time to get into the mindset of studying.
Taking breaks during your day is important as well. Techniques like the Pomodoro Method ensure that you’re not sitting all day and that your brain can have the breaks it needs to stay refreshed and focused on all the tasks that you need to complete.
- Eat Well and Sleep Well
If you like eating snacks while you study, be sure to keep plenty of healthy ones on hand. Setting time aside to cook healthy meals is also a great way to help yourself stay in the study mindset and ensure that your brain doesn’t get tired in the middle of the day.
Another important thing to do is make sure that you’re getting enough sleep at night. Ensuring that you have 7-8 hours of decent rest is going to help you stay focused and on task throughout your days at home.
- Keep Your Space Clutter-Free
Whether it’s while you’re studying or after you’re done, spend a few minutes cleaning up your space. If you have to use the kitchen table or a spot in your bedroom to study, make sure you put everything away once you’re done for the day.
This, again, creates a transition from study-time into relaxing-time, and it ensures that your space remains distraction-free.
- Ensure a Distraction-Free Zone
To ensure that your study space is free from distractions, communicate with those around you.
If your roommates are taking classes too, try creating a study structure for your days. Keep a calendar with all the times that everyone has class, and designate quiet hours throughout the day and night. If you’re living at home, let those around you know when you have to study and when you’re free to lounge about.
Letting others know that you need a quiet space for classes, studying, or even exams is a huge priority that you have to set before the semester starts. Ultimately, it can help out a lot in the long run.
Remember These Tips While You Study From Home
Remembering these tips while you study from home can save your time and grades. By carving out time for yourself to sit down and study, you ensure that you’re set up for success over the semester, and for the rest of your school career.
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