4 step guide to home studying

Jordan Lench

By Jordan Lench

Studying can be difficult at the best of times, but throw in a global pandemic, online classes and limited resources; now that’s a challenge! If you were one of the students hit by the unpredictable and constant changes that accompanied COVID-19, you’re not alone.
But how do you overcome those inevitable setbacks? Let’s take a look at some quick changes you can make to ensure you’re working to the best of your capabilities, even if that means studying from home:

1) Have a dedicated study area (and keep it tidy!)

We’ve all done it; told ourselves we’ll get up early, sit at our desks and get that all important study done for the big test... and then suddenly it’s 8pm and all we’ve managed to do is slouch in bed, eat junk food and binge watch that latest Netflix crime series. Sound familiar? Well maybe the issue isn’t your willingness to get stuff done, it might be as simple as the area you study in. 

 

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It’s vital to create a separate area for all areas of our lives: sleeping, eating, working and leisure. Having one place for all these things simply doesn’t work; it’s not how our brains work. Equally, having an area that is free of mess and has plenty of dedicated space can be the difference between productivity and procrastination.

Need more tips on improving your study area? Read our recent blog ‘5 ways to level up your home office’.

2) Identify when you work best - are you a morning person, or a night owl?

So, you've now got yourself a dedicated study space, next it’s time to decide when to work. It’s no surprise that we all have very different methods of learning; some of us are practical learners, others prefer a creative approach. The same can be said for when we are most open to processing and absorbing information. If you find yourself most productive in the evenings, it doesn’t make sense to get the bulk of your study done in the mornings when your brain isn’t as engaged. 

After identifying the best time for you, you’ll soon see some improvements in the quality and quantity of your work. 

3) Create a realistic routine and stick to it

Creating a schedule or routine is a great way to manage your time and provide yourself with a plan of action. However, ensuring this is realistic and achievable is the most important part. Don’t expect yourself to follow a strict hour-by-hour plan; use a loose and flexible schedule that doesn’t feel overwhelming or cause additional stress.

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4) Remember to look after your mental health!

Always remember to stay aware of your limits; you don’t want to risk overworking yourself and burning out. Putting too much pressure on yourself to study and get the best grades possible can be extremely harmful to your mental health. Be sure to take regular breaks to recharge and do things you enjoy before going back to studying; you’ll soon start to notice your productivity and engagement improve. 


So there you have it, 4 easy steps you can take to ensure you get the grades you deserve while staying healthy and productive. Now feeling like you need to upgrade your study zone? Check out our smart desks today and give yourself the study zone you deserve.