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by Rachel Rudge, Stakeholder Support Manager
We understand that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, the only positives being that you may have become a TikTok expert or made the perfect banana bread.
While we are all hoping for a brighter 2021, many countries are facing lockdown yet again. We know studying at home can be tough, especially without face-to-face social interaction, which is why we’re sharing our top 6 study tips to keep you motivated for the year ahead.
1. Set goals
Goals are a great way to keep you on track and give you something to focus on. It’s important to ensure they are realistic and manageable, though, otherwise you’ll feel overwhelmed.
Remember to check back on your goals regularly. You’ll feel a sense of satisfaction ticking things off your list.
2. Take regular breaks
All this additional screen time means you need to take breaks, not just for your eyes but for your mind and body as well.
Try to stretch your legs regularly by getting away from your study area and keep hydrated too.
3. Get some fresh air
Depending on your local restrictions, try to get outside if you can. Taking a walk or going for a run in the fresh air can make you feel great! You could try listening to a podcast or talking to a friend on the phone at the same time.
Getting outside means you can focus your thoughts elsewhere, so you can go back to your studies with a fresh mind and new perspective. You’ll feel ready to take on the rest of the day.
4. Ask for help
Your teachers are still there to help! You’re not expected to be doing this all alone.
Make sure that if you feel stuck or you have questions about your studies, you ask your teachers or peers for help.
5. Be social (virtually)
Stay connected with your friends, even if it can only be online.
We know being at home all the time can feel lonely, so it’s important to keep talking and know that you’re not alone.
You’ll be reunited with your friends again soon, so you’ll need to keep those conversations flowing!
6. Celebrate your success
It’s not all work and no play! No matter how small, it’s important to celebrate your success and reward yourself. Whether you’ve written 250 words of your essay or worked harder than you did the day before, do something to make yourself feel good! It will encourage you to keep going.
Remember, we’re living in tough times and it’s OK not to know how you feel about it, but we will get through this.
Best of luck with your studies in 2021.