With in-person classes cancelled and exams continuously postponed, it’s safe to say that studying during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought on all kinds of new challenges and uncertainty. And after around 17 years in formal education, some university students are being asked to take their final exams online – in a different format than they’ve ever experienced. To help tailor your revision and keep you motivated, here are a few tips and tools:
Establish a routine
Treat your study from home as if you are going to the library or classes. Set a time to wake up, freshen up, eat breakfast, and get dressed. Having an established routine can provide structure for your life and signal your brain “it is time to get work done”.
Have a dedicated study area
Creating a physical boundary between your study area and your relaxation area could be very helpful to stay focused when studying from home. This can also help you to contain your academic stress to the study space.
If you’re someone who tends to set goals but struggles to stick to them, set up your own incentive and rewards for meeting deadlines. For instance, once you spend an hour studying, you can go to lunch. If rewards aren’t a powerful enough incentive, try penalties instead. Suddenly studying becomes a lot more interesting!
Take regular breaks
Go for a walk, do some exercise, have a cup of tea, chat with your mates – whatever it takes to help you switch off for a bit. You might think that working solidly for five hours is a great achievement but remember it’s almost impossible to work to the best of your ability for that long. You need to give yourself time to relax throughout the day as it can be easy to forget when you’re knee-deep in uni work that you really do have limits (you’re only human). Taking regular breaks will help you stay happy, healthy and avoid burning out.
Coursework deadlines. Revision cramming. Early morning exams. There are times when every student needs to be at the top of their game. Thanks to its caffeine kick, Pro Plus® Tablets can help students stay alert and focused, pushing you one step closer to your goal. Pro Plus® Tablets deliver a caffeine boost to relieve tiredness and fatigue so they can focus on the task at hand.
Tackle exam anxieties
Sitting exams online, alone and during a pandemic is a huge thing – it’s OK to feel anxious or worried about it. There are also ways to manage the worries. If 24- and 48-hour exams are new to you, go through a dry run of these. It’s not about staying at your desk for days. You’ll feel and perform better with a schedule that balances cranking out answers with eating, sleeping and relaxing.