Starting a new course or a new academic year is always an equally exciting and challenging chapter of our lives. This is especially true in the current times (during the pandemic), as we are required to adjust to new and unprecedented ways of living and studying. While we might not yet completely know what the immediate future holds for us and whether we’ll be able to physically be together on campus in the new academic year, here are some practical tips that may help you to keep motivated with your studies online.
Set a routine
Planning in advance what to do every day will help you to organise and balance work and personal time. You can use a diary, Google calendar, paper calendar or any other tool that works best for you. Make sure that you allow enough time to do self-care, keep in touch with your loved ones and relax.
Find a comfortable, well-lit spot to work
Make sure you have enough space for your books, notebooks, PC/laptop, a water bottle, some snacks (healthy or not) and a good cup of coffee or tea.
Try to explore what helps you focus
I use an app called ‘Forest’ that keeps track of the time I’m actively working through my studies online. I also listen to playlists on Spotify. Other people prefer silence, or switching off their mobile phones. Do whatever works best for you!
Some days are easier than others and you have to understand that you’re just human. Sometimes, even if we try as hard as we can, things don’t go the way we plan them. It’s okay to feel frustration when this happens, but it’s also important to understand that “this too, shall pass” (this is my personal motto).
Studying and learning are never easy, and you have to be proud of any progress you make, irrespective of how big or small it is. After a long day of work, you can watch an episode of your favourite show, cook or order some comfort food and give yourself plenty of rest.
Connect with others
Having an open and honest dialogue with your family, friends, classmates, supervisors and professors is essential, because university life and the learning process are not just about absorbing information. It’s about interacting with others and developing yourself.
All of this is helping me navigate my studies online during these times, and I hope you find it helpful as well. Finally, I’d just like to say: remember – one day at a time!
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