Learning in a home environment is very different from studying on campus
Many students feel that going to a university campus or the library helps them to concentrate and to get more work done. Yet, this does not need to be the case – there are some great tips below help you manage your time and ensure you make the most of your studies, from the comfort of your own home.
The secret to time management
Managing your time in a productive way is essential when working or studying at home. Once your find a way that works for you, the rest will flow from there.
- Make a timetable to work from while at home. Use your on-campus timetable as a guide
- Schedule time to focus on your studies and also to take breaks
- Schedule some time for (non-physical) social interactions
- Read up on stress management
Put your mobile phone down
Our mobile phones can sometimes be the biggest distractions.
- Turn off as many push notifications as possible
- Turn it on silent or on to flight mode
- If you still feel the need to check you phone, put it into another room or turn it off
The importance of a checklist
It is easy to lose the boundary between your private life and study when studying remotely. It is important that you have a dedicated space to study, where you can focus and be productive
- Find a quiet space where you can focus
- Ensure your study space is organised so you can be as productive and efficient as possible
- Get yourself a checklist book or even make one yourself. You can find great notebooks at Kmart, BigW, or OfficeWorks or create an online checklist with Office365 To Do, Todoist, Habitica, and many more.
- Last thing you do before you go to bed each night, right down very simple, achievable goals you want to get done tomorrow. This is a psychology trick because our future selves are always the versions we wish to be.
- Avoid goals such as ‘study lecture notes’, instead use ‘finish lecture slides 22-25'. Defining a clear goal will define a clear end
- Don’t be too ambitious. It’s easy to get carried away and list everything that needs to be done. Aim for five to 10 concise things and if you complete them all you can add bonus credit for that super productive rush feeling
Staying safe online
- Make sure you have an up-to-date anti-virus software installed
- Be aware of phishing emails and scams. Never click on suspicious links
- Read up on how to avoid cyber threats
Staying on top of daily tasks
It can take time to transition from a physical classroom to remote delivery. Here are the daily things you will need to keep on top off to ace studying at home
- Checking your student emails every day
- Understanding what is required of you and expectations from your teachers when studying remotely
- Keep an eye on due dates and any changes to assessment tasks
- Make sure you have reliable internet connection
- Remember your teachers are still available and you can discuss any issues with them depending on the preferred contact method in place e.g. email, Webex or Zoom. You can also contact the
- Academic consultations via video conference 12 pm (midday) to 5 pm or by appointment are also available through the Learning Co-op.
- Take regular breaks from studying and your computer screen. Find more about how to manage your digital wellbeing