Being a student during a global pandemic is not an easy feat. Schools is the UK are now open, but the strict COVID-19 guidelines mean that school and public libraries are no longer a place pupils can study. Many pupils who relied on these places are forced to study remotely. So now is the time to create a focused, organised and inspiring study environment at home.
Here’s how to do it:
1.Choose a destinated work area.
Pick a space in your home where you will study. This will be your go-to work area so make sure it’s as quiet and secluded as possible. This space should have a comfortable chair and desk you can study on. If you have a home office, that is designated for studying that is perfect but it’s no worry if you don’t. Finding a decent space to study is what’s most important.
2.Keep it clean and organised.
Once you have chosen your designated work area you need to keep it clean. Having piles of books, loose sheets of paper and stationary everywhere makes your study space less inviting. A messy workspace will clutter your mind and even discourage you from studying all together. You owe it to yourself to keep your space organised so you can get the most out of home study.
The hardest thing about working from home is being able to ‘switch on’. When we are in the comfort of our homes we want to relax. We don’t want to work, or concentrate, or think to hard. The distractions around us make it even harder to push through laziness. When studying from home you must make a conscious effort to remove all distractions. This means putting away your phones, tablets and turning off the tv so you can focus on your studying. If your household is particularly noisy use headphones and listen to classical music while you work. Classical music is said to promote concentration which makes it a good option to block out the noise. Some people find that sitting in front of a window makes their mind wonder so if that’s you try and sit facing a wall to minimise the chance of distraction.
Studying at home might not be ideal but it can still be a positive and effective way to learn. Implement these tips and create a space that allows you to push through procrastination and focus on your studies.