Although we are getting closer (fingers crossed!) to returning to full-time face-to-face teaching, we still have a few weeks ahead of us of blended learning.
For all of us, the switching between working at college and working at home can be difficult! So how do you replicate your favourite study station in the LRC when you’re at home? We’re here to help…
Pick a space in your home that you can use just for studying. If you are lucky enough to have a desk in your bedroom then make this your work zone. If not, then pick somewhere like the kitchen table – even if it means sharing with your household.
Avoid sitting in your bed or on the sofa with your laptop as these are areas you already associate with relaxing – either you’ll end up not being able to sleep because your brain goes into work mode every time you get into bed, or you won’t be able to study as your brain goes into relax mode!
Having a messy desk isn’t only unpleasant to look at, it could also be causing you to procrastinate and lose focus! If your mess is getting in the way of your studying because you can’t find everything you need, then it’ll take longer to get things done and you’ll soon lose motivation.
Keep your work organised. If you’re handwriting notes then file them away at the end of your lesson into the correct folders. Keep different folders for each subject and neatly stack them in the corner of your workspace. If you’re short on room then finding a box to keep all your study essentials in is a great space sizing activity – pack everything up at the end of the day and you can move all your things off the kitchen table without worry about losing that important bit of research you’ve just been working on!
A lot of us find that our moods are affected by the cold, dark winter months and we often find it harder to get out of bed. This is because light signals our bodies to suppress melatonin (a sleep hormone).
By having a bright workspace with lots of light (natural or artificial) then you will find that you feel more awake and alert.
You might think that having your favourite Netflix series playing while you’re studying is one of the perks of remote learning, however, we all know it won’t be long until your laptop is in sleep mode and you’re completely focused on the tv.
The best way to avoid distractions is to remove them; so put your phone away in a draw and switch off the tv. You can schedule a time for breaks during the day to check your phone, message a friend or watch the next episode of your favourite show.