So you’re all online for classes, now where are you going to do your work???
Trust me, I get it. Transitioning to online classes sucks, no other way to describe it. Unfortunately this is our new reality. You’re stressed about taking all of your classes online AND at home, not your usual study environment. It’s hard to deal with your hectic schedule and still feel like you have agency in your own life. Although it’s a different lifestyle, it’s important to have a healthy and creative study space. It is instrumental in maintaining an area of central focus in your life. If shit’s crazy, no reason you can’t try and make the best out of it.
Don’t try to do homework on the bed (you’ll just end up falling asleep)
I’ve attempted this b.s, and let me tell you, shit doesn’t work. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve tried studying in bed and woken up with my books on the floor, and all the information I was supposed to be studying, gone from my mind. My advice?
○ Pick a place where you’ll have the least amount of distractions
○ Close the door if you have to!
○ Move your phone away
○ Clean your area so you don’t worry about clutter
Get the atmosphere right!
Studying can be hella hard for some people. We get distracted by little things, or find we have no motivation to retain information. A lot of this has to do with the ambience, or energy, we sit in. Try shifting this to your advantage!
○ Have some snacks nearby (less getting up = less time away from your studies; I like Veggie-straws & Sargento cheese (weird combo I know but it taste good)
○ Light a candle
○ Put on some background music (if you can focus with it)
○ Decorate your space with pictures, plants, anything that’ll help you focus
○ Find good lighting, preferably natural light to brighten up the room
Don’t be afraid to plan, plan, PLAN!
Though it may feel more like work, planning out what you need to do by using bullet points, creating outlines, can jump start your studying grind! Sometimes it’s okay to just wing your study space, but it’s also okay to need a more structured approach.
○ Have a good chair, because if your ass is uncomfortable, you’ll be uncomfortable and you’re NOT going to want to study
○ Books? Pencils/pens? Planner? Notebook? All of that, get it ready and on your desk
○ Plan your study time (less likely to procrastinate if it’s in your calendar)
If you’re struggling, I know how you feel.
Believe me, I get it.
It can be hard to find the time and space to study without getting distracted, or becoming overwhelmed by life as a whole.
I’d rather rewatch The Vampire Diaries for the fourth time in a row, than study for a class that has nothing to do with my major. But if I’m gonna miss seeing Stefan’s gorgeous face, I might as well get an A to show for it.
Now go get that work, you got this, even if it is at home!