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Tips on How to Develop Good Study Habits During COVID-19

Switching to remote learning might sound easy and convenient, but it could actually be a complete struggle. Now that learning is done at home, you might be more prone to procrastination or putting things off later or the next day.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz

Switching to remote learning might sound easy and convenient, but it could actually be a complete struggle. Now that learning is done at home, you might be more prone to procrastination or putting things off later or the next day. Although this might be a coping mechanism for the pandemic situation we are in, studies must not be compromised. You might find these tips helpful in coping up with the new learning set-up.

Plan Your Routine

One of the hardest things about not being in class is the lack of structure. Being in the comfort of your home is probably the best thing ever because you can wake up whenever you want, be in your comfortable clothes, and even play games or read your favorite book in between!

But this could actually affect your mood and enthusiasm to study. So we recommend that you come up with a routine which you must religiously follow. You can base it on your normal school timetable so you wouldn’t have to adjust too much in terms of time. While it is important to give time to study, do not forget to insert meals and breaks.

Adjust your routine according to what works for you. If you’re a morning person, play your day a little earlier. If you’re a night owl, vice versa. You just have to be consistent and faithful to your routine. Consistency is the key!

Avoid Multitasking.

While you can study while doing Facebook on your phone, it might not be a good idea. While you can multitask since no one is going to scold you for it, it can actually affect your concentration.

A useful trick is to set daily goals and rewarding yourself every time you achieve them. Let’s say, you can watch an episode of your favorite series on Netflix if you study for the next hour. Something like that. This could help you at least focus on one task at a time.

Turn Off Distractions

This might actually be easier said than done. You have to gather all your determination to will this. You can turn off your phone and keep it inside your drawer for the meantime. (No peeking!) Keep away from anything that could distract you on the time you have set to study. Anyway, you have probably set a schedule to take a break and relax for a few minutes.
But if you really can’t trust your will power, try using apps that are designed to block distracting websites and social media while you study. You can do this!

Own Your Space

Your study area must be as comfortable as possible. The ambiance and the environment of where you are studying play a huge role in your mood and enthusiasm to study. Design and organize it as you please, after all, you will be spending a lot of time there. Bring in a chair that supports your posture properly, ensure you have a good lighting in your area, you can even bring in plants or write motivational quotes on a sticky-note to further encourage yourself.

If possible, do not designate your study area where you could be tempted to study in bed. Chances are your back gets sore and worse, you sleep your way to achieving your study goals. Yikes!

Do Not Lose Sleep!

It has been a common drill to compromise sleep especially when you are frantically cramming for an exam the next day. Well, we’ve all been there! But this is not actually a good idea although we do this very commonly.

You have to reward yourself with a good night’s sleep to rest your brain. This helps your brain retain information easier and focus on what you need to do. Sleep is actually the key to studying better, so do not sacrifice it, as much as possible.

A tired brain retaining information is a bit like a leaky bucket holding water. You wouldn’t want that, right? It feels so good waking up knowing your brain and your body have had their well-deserved rest. So better prioritize a sleep amounting to at least 7 hours. No doubt, your body (and even your grades will thank you for it!

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