During the past weeks, the coronavirus has cast an uncertain future on education, business, work and life itself. More than 130 countries have shut down schools nationwide, impacting almost 80% of students globally. This could be one of the most significant events of the decade as the ongoing outbreak has temporarily ended our busy, professional and social lives. The past few weeks have stretched a wide range of questions and have been both inconvenient and alarming, but we consider it’s safe to say the next few will be likewise.
Nevertheless, this isn’t a reason for students to give up their dreams. As much as we need to carry out with our old routines, return to college and enjoy normal project activities with those we already miss, it seems that many of us will be stuck at home for some time.
We recommend students to not cease under the pressure of being always at home. But instead, take this as an opportunity to pick up new skills and learn that new language you kept postponing for god knows what reason or simply work on improving your grades from the comfort of your home. Developing new skills and focusing on your educational goals is undoubtedly a practical way to cope with self-isolation. Here are some recommendations on how to get the most of your time at home and what you can do to brush up your skills.
Did you know that planning is one of the most effective stress management strategies? Writing your plans, school notes and projects in a paper planner or a favourite planning app can help you remember more information and relieves brain anxiety. In a series of well-designed studies, Wake Forest University and Roy Baumeister, a Florida state blogger, demonstrated that committing to a specific plan for a goal frees up cognitive resources for our other interests. So, in addition to helping us relieve anxiety, well-planning helps us get on with other stuff.
To stay on track with your school’s expectation and your academic work, you must make your plans specific and time/ place dependent. Gather all your school resources, documents, instruction and study-at-home curriculum from your teachers. Let your smartphone do a part of the planning for you while you diligently transfer project deadlines, exam dates, assignments, and quizzes into your computer. Once you’ve established essential monthly dates, break each week into a weekly study session that suits you.
Keep your stuff organized
Bloggers, teachers and students and many of us collect plenty of important to-do notes, dates and plenty of random slips of paper. Since you’re going to spend quite a lot of time at home, we advise you to maintain your working/ studying space as tidy and organized as possible. To avoid the hassle of losing relevant documents and school resources, track all your stuff in one place. The point is keeping all projects and essential resources in one convenient, well-organized and tempting place so you can stress less and focus on your primary goals. Organizing your study environment is a great way to reduce stress and increase productivity.
Ask for Online Tutoring
Is online tutoring effective? Yes, absolutely, especially during this period. Many students and tutors are already fully aware of the benefits of online tutoring, and they enthusiastically choose this format anyway. Not only you’ll be exposed to zero corona risk via Skype or Zoom, but you’ll also be amazed about how much this way of teaching has to offer.
For students, online tutoring can work wonders. Apart from the advantage of infinite resources during an online study session, distance tutoring allows you to focus more on self-learning while increasing both the speed and depth of learning. Indeed, you can’t possibly know this until you experience it; however, online tutoring has found to dramatically improve how deeply understood the notions through all resources and methods available. This helped students fill in learning gaps quite easier than in-person tutoring.
Don’t get lazy
The temptation to get lazy and postpone important tasks is strong with students during this period. Over the next few weeks, it will be easy to imagine that you’re on a long-awaited vacation, but unfortunately, you’re not. You’re still a student and you still have some self-duties to tackle this period and most importantly, you don’t have a good reason to quit your dreams.
Take your time, structure your schedule so it can be exciting and appealing and practice what you’ve learned. This period should be a great opportunity for you to rewind what you’ve learned by now and feed on new fresh skills. If you’re in doubt or you simply can’t understand a concept, set up a Skype or Facetime conference with your peers but don’t let your precious time vanish.
Decrease anxiety by increasing practice
In case you’re dealing with a lot of stress during this period, rehearsing your school material can help you feel more relaxed and confident. We recommend students to take advantage of this time and resources available to enrich their skills and confidence. If you’re not entirely sure if your university offers online resources, email your tutors or even do a general search online for practice test examples and resources you need for your subject. Whenever you lack initiative, or you feel discontent with your performance, always remember that doing something is way better than doing nothing at all.
Studying at home during a quarantine is a whole new challenge for students everywhere. We know how disappointed and frustrated many of you might feel about the cancellation of major activities and events. Indeed, we have all the reasons to be upset. However, this won’t provide us with a realistic solution to our problems. Now it’s an auspicious time to work on becoming the person each of us thrives to become and deal with long-postponed things that have been bugging us so far. Lastly, after all this is finished, we will be able to celebrate our accomplishments.