There is lots you can do to make learning easier during these really difficult times. You won’t get it right from day one but remember, you want to do well this year so keep your eyes on the prize and do what you can to make learning as easy and as pain free as you can.
Create the perfect studying environment
The first step to making studying at home easier is creating the perfect studying environment. Make sure your study area is quiet, comfortable and free from distractions. make sure it’s light, got some fresh air coming in and remember to switch off your mobile phone to prevent distractions.
Plan your day and keep to your plan. Block out time, stick to your routine and make sure your family members know what it is. That way they can help by not coming in and distracting you. Always organise your learning materials as best you can. Use different folders for different subjects and make notes that you can store.
Manage your time
This is such an important skill and really really tough. Block out your day, don’t give yourself long stretches, it’s better to learn in small, manageable chunks. Don’t set yourself unrealistic deadlines and make sure that you build in lots of breaks and time for get up, stretch your legs, give your eyes and your brain a rest, eat and exercise.
Keep in touch with your teachers and classmates. You are learning together and sometimes someone else gets one thing more than you, and other times you get something from before someone else. Share learning and share your experiences with each other. Ask questions and bring up ideas.
Turn notes into flashcards
Turning your notes into flashcards is very useful when you are studying for an assignment, or test. Sometimes having flashcards can help you remember things better than the full notes of the class. Get into the habit of writing notes and then using your notes to write flashcards. It’s something you’ll take forward with you in life, whether it’s onto further study, university, a job interview or in a job itself.
Give yourself a break
Your brain can only take a certain amount of information at a time. If you do not take regular breaks, you will most likely find it difficult to memorise information and you will end up feeling stressed and frustrated. For every hour that you study, you should take at least a 15 minute break to do something that takes your mind away from studying. For example, go for a walk, listen to some music, play a game, chat with your friends or even take a nap.
Reward yourself in small ways after completing tasks. Treat yourself to having your favourite snack, watching a movie or playing a computer game. Find whatever keeps you going!
Study all the time – little and often
Now that your entire study is taking place at home, you do not necessarily have to follow the same pattern as if you were in college. If you can put some time in at the weekend, to give yourself a break in the week, that’s ok. Think about studying not as a chore, but as something that you are doing that is for you, your future and for everyone around you. Work hard and you will be rewarded.