As the school year begins and students start learning from home because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the change of environment from classrooms to bedrooms, libraries to living rooms can be a challenge to many. To prepare you for the 2020 - 2021 academic year, we gathered some of the best study tips that can help you work efficiently and effectively all year round.
You can consistently study on time, work on homework and meet deadlines by developing a routine. Give yourself a fixed time or number of hours to work on various tasks throughout your day, and keep a to-do list by your side to measure how productive you are. Measuring your productivity levels at the end of each day can help encourage you to be just as productive the next day or, if you are not as productive today, can help you anticipate and prepare for a heavier workload the following day.
Developing your organizational skills is vital to in-home learning. Organize your study space, arrange your deadlines from the earliest to the latest and recognize what tasks need to be prioritized on your to-do list. Organizing information and tasks can also prevent you from forgetting deadlines or procrastinating to meet them.
Research has shown that repetitively studying small chunks of information over a span of time is an effective way to learn. You can set aside a few hours a day to study and review information before moving on to something new.
In the past, cognitive scientists found that alternating study environments improves retention. The theory is that subtle associations are made by the brain between the background sensations and the material being studied, making it less likely to forget the information.
Although no evidence has been found to support the notion that students have specific learning styles, we suggest that you don’t limit yourself to learning alone or in groups, watching videos or reviewing graphs and illustrations. Make the effort to discover how you can creatively and effectively acquire knowledge and build your relationship with learning.
Research suggests that we securely retain information when we write it down by hand and hear it spoken aloud. The good news is you can now shout those notes out loud in the comfort of your own home. So go ahead and give it a try!
Taking breaks can improve your focus and boost your productivity. So, learn to close the books when stress creeps in or take a power nap to recharge your batteries before studying again.
Keep in mind that everyone is different. A combination of these tips can help you adapt to your new in-house learning environment and can also help your learning capabilities in the long-run. To help you become more productive, check out our tips to overcoming procrastination while working from home.