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How To Stay Productive While Studying At Home

Friday, March 20, 2020

Most of the country now finds itself subject to shelter in place or social isolation mandates as we collectively attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. For many students, this means transitioning to online learning — at least for the time being. If you are not used to attending classes remotely and doing all of your studying at home, having to suddenly do so can be an adjustment. 

Follow these tips for studying at home productively. 

Tip 1: Create a Schedule (and Stick to It) 

Routine is important. That is especially true during times of uncertainty, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. When you’re attending classes online or are studying at home, try to stick to a schedule. That does not mean you have to schedule schoolwork from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, but plan the week to ensure you block time to complete coursework and homework without rushing to meet deadlines.

An effective study-from-home schedule also includes setting time for exercise and household chores such as laundry and cleaning. Separate those activities from your schoolwork, just as you would if you were studying outside the home.

When trying to determine how to study at home, don’t underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep every night. Try to go to bed and wake up at roughly the same times every day. This will help you be more focused on studies.

Tip 2: Find the Best Place to Study in Your Home

When you are learning or studying from home, where you study matters. Some people are fortunate enough to have a dedicated study space in their homes, where they can go to focus exclusively on their schoolwork without interruptions.

If you don’t have a home office or even a desk in the corner of your bedroom, you may find yourself studying at your kitchen table. There’s nothing wrong with that — as long as you have the room needed to focus on your work. Try not to study in bed, though, as this can make it harder to sleep when it’s time to do so. 

If you study best with ambient noise, consider downloading an app to give you white noise or calming background noise. These tools may make it easier to trick your brain into thinking you’re at the park, library, coffee shop or another favorite study location. 

Tip 3: Minimize Distractions

Ask anyone who regularly works from home or studies from home what their biggest challenge is, and chances are good their response will be “avoiding distractions.”

In today’s constantly connected world, it takes discipline to focus on the task at hand. Steps you can take to minimize distractions include the following:

  • Turning off phone notifications
  • Checking email just two to three times per day
  • Being intentional about not checking your social media feeds while you are supposed to be studying

It’s OK to reconnect with your network during breaks, but don’t let 10-minute study breaks stretch into hours-long social media breaks.

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At MacCormac College in Chicago, we offer several associate degree programs that can be earned entirely online. Distance learning can be a great way to prepare for your future while managing competing priorities effectively. 

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