In these uncertain times, everything has gone online. For many, this is a huge adjustment in the way we study. Here are some tips for helping you get your head around this new ‘normal’.
1) Have a morning
Don’t wake-up just in time for your 9am class! Give yourself some time beforehand to get up, get ready, have breakfast and maybe do some form of exercise to get your mind ready for the day ahead.
2) Set up a workspace
Find somewhere in your home and make that where you work. If you don’t have a desk, just make sure it’s somewhere you can sit comfortably. Much like class, make sure you bring everything you need to your workspace (because there isn’t anyone you can borrow a pen from with remote learning).
It is good to separate your workspace from your living space, but we know that’s not always an option. So instead you can create a psychological workspace, bookending work sessions by leaving the space and having a break, putting on different clothes, using something to drink out of what you can call a ‘study mug’ or using a water bottle like you would usually in class throughout the day.
It’s also important to create a post-work ritual to signify the end of the day and time to return to a relaxing space.
3) Take Notes
Act as if you’re in class and take notes in a notebook if that’s what you would normally do. Don’t rely on the slides being available afterwards; really engage with your learning as it’s happening and try to keep distractions to a minimum when you’re in ‘class’
Book an online chat with the people you’d usually hang out in the common room with. Catch up with people after classes or book in a study session with others on your course. It’s these moments that will help you feel a bit more normal.
5) Speak to you Lecturers
Although you may not be able to stay back after class to ask that burning question, make sure you drop an email to your lecturers if you have any questions, and make use of 1-2-1 tutorials. Don’t worry too much if you don’t hear back right away – they will get back to you as soon as they can.
6) Student Support are still available
Here at BIMM, our Student Support Teams are available during usual office hours. If you feel like you’re struggling, drop them a line and they will be sure to help out. Again, it’s a busy time, so if you don’t hear back right away, don’t worry – someone will be in touch ASAP.
This is a whole new experience for everyone, so it’s going to take some getting used to. However, don’t forget to look after yourself in all of this. And we’re here if you need us.