How To Study Effectively At Home
Updated: Sep 4, 2020
This post is dedicated to helping students that have to complete their studies at home due to our current global situation. I believe that I can provide some tips and methods to facilitate this transition because I was homeschooled for four years, so I know the struggle. This is just a brief overview of the best techniques from the ebook I am working on and therefore it can be adopted by any student at any level.
#1. Use a Study Plan
There are many forms of study plans, but they all allow structure into your work week and keep you accountable. The best way to do this is to make a weekly plan in which you block out a few hours each day for specific tasks. For example; on Monday you could dedicate 2hrs in the morning for one subject and 2hrs in the afternoon for another. Your study blocks, however, need to be flexible in case a task takes you longer than expected.
It is also beneficial to refer to a programme of study, this should be provided by your tutors or you could use the syllabus as well.
#2. Find a Study Space
This can be on your desk or a quiet place in your home, however, make sure it is not your bed because, speaking from personal experience, that is never a good idea. Make sure your space has everything you need to avoid getting up each time and that no one will come to distract you during this time.
#3. Beating Procrastination & Staying Focused
It is natural to get distracted when studying, our brains are constantly busy, which is why it is essential to have a plan or at least a to-do list so that your brain won’t constantly bring up tasks to the forefront of your mind. However, there are ways to minimise distraction and remain focused:
make sure your phone is not near you and if it is, block all social media apps and notifications for the time you are studying.
Find your prime time; that means the time of day in which you have the most energy and productivity. After tracking my energy levels for 3 days I noticed I had the most mental energy early in the morning, while I had an afternoon dip every day. Therefore, I scheduled heavy tasks such as studying a history chapter in the morning and lighter such as Literature reading in the afternoon.
Try the Pomodoro technique to set the pace and get you into study mode; place a timer for 25-30 mins and start on a task, you’ll find that you won’t want to break the study streak you have going on because the hardest part is getting started.
Remember to rest; this is to ensure that you don’t work yourself to death because I see willpower as a muscle which you need to work to strengthen but it also needs its rest time. Therefore, a good method is taking 15min breaks after an hour of study.
Break the tasks down; if you have an essay to write, it might seem like a mountain at first but if you break it down into making a plan, research and starting an intro, it will make it seem much easier to accomplish.
#4. Find a Study Partner
If you have friends or classmates in the same situation, connect with them and he/she can become an accountability partner to ensure you get your work done and you can help in the same way. Studying at home becomes much easier when you know you are not doing it alone.
I hope that this post can help in any way possible and make things easier for students unable to attend class. In this scenario, you are more accountable for your studies and progress so it may feel stressful but remember that it is not impossible to accomplish. You can do this! Thank you for reading, xoxo.
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