Studying has always been one of the most challenging self-development activities to do. It even get much harder when you are forced to do it at home: It is easier to procrastinate since the TV is right there, you phone keeps on beeping and, it is comfortable- you want to just lie on the sofa and have your legs up as you Netflix away. Currently, all the libraries, study parks and schools are closed, meaning that if you have some studying to do, you must do it from home. There are schools that are doing online classes and exams during this Covid-19 pandemic time. If you are one of the people struggling to effectively study from home, below are 10 essential tips that will come in handy:
1. Have a Dedicated Study Area
This could be a corner in your house or a separate room. Doing this puts you in a proper mindset and mood when you want to start studying. Look at it as your little classroom. Decorate it with study essentials such as stickers, pen holders, an alarm clock and even office glue. This way, when time for study comes, you will be no longer feel sleepy, holding up your book while you stay tucked in bed.
2. Come up with a Study plan or Timetable
Neatly write down what you want to have covered, in, say one week. Go ahead and divide the task into hours or days. Ensure that they are achievable. This way, you will push yourself to covering the content you wish to cover.
3. Take Breaks
Breaks are very important if you want to study effectively. I would advice you take a 30-minute break between 2 hour study periods. This way, your brain has time to relax, hence gearing it up for more study activity to come.
4. Keep your Phone Away and Switch off the TV
If you want to stay dedicated during your study time, stay away from your phone. If it is the same asset that you are using for say, online classes, make sure that you do not occasionally check your messages or social media. The back and forth checking and replying will slow you down and cause very little output. Also, this is where breaks come in; study for 2 hours then you get to check your phone for 30 minutes.
5. Stop Chores from being a Distraction
Chores are a never-ending task at home. This is given, whether you are studying or not. You need to clean the house, cook and do your laundry. Make sure that you first do your chores before you sit down to study. This way, you will avoid interruption.
6. Do Active Studying
If you have a problem going through your notes, try using questions and know what exactly you want to achieve by the end of your study period. This will help keep you on track. It will also help you know what you will look up to during your next study time. Ask yourself questions like, what do I already know about the topic? What concept in this topic is so hard for me to get? What do I want to achieve at the end of this study period?
7. Reward Yourself
Reward yourself every time you achieve a study task that you really intended to. For instance, tell yourself that if you finish covering a topic, you will get to watch one new movie on Netflix later that day. That way, you will be excited whenever study time approaches because you know that there is a reward at the end of it. You will also feel bad for laying in bed all day, watching movies that you haven’t ‘earned’.
8. Keep fit and Have a Good Night’s Sleep
When you stay lazy, your brain is somewhat slowed down. Dedicate some time to do basic work out activities such as skipping rope, jogging and sit- ups. Also, have at least 8 hours of sleep. This will help keep your body and brain active.