Studying from home, but not sure how to get started? Studying from home is can be hard for many students, so here are some tips for you to not only get by, but to excel!

Motivation 💪

Motivating yourself to study at home is extremely difficult. It’s hard to stay focussed, and your usual group of classmates and friends aren’t around to help keep you motivated. But this doesn’t mean that you should lose hope.

To stay motivated it is important that you stay in touch with your peers and teachers. As humans, we are social creatures. By communicating with your peers and teachers, you will remain focused and connected with your school or uni community. Your teachers are pivotal in helping you remain organised in an uncertain time. Teachers can also help with ensuring that you focus on your work.

Connecting with your peers is also essential. You can create group chats on various platforms to keep in touch, participate in Discussion Groups or setup daily Skype or Zoom calls with your peers. Stay connected with others doing the same subjects as you. Two brains are better than one they say 😉.

With your group of peers, you can discuss hard questions, question answering techniques & set up group study goals so ensure accountability. Remember, at times like this, you are all in this together!

Apart from friends and your teachers, your family support network is super important. Your family is there is to support and push you to succeed! Your family is there to support you when you feel overwhelmed with your workload, and also there to help you when you fall into a slump. Remember this! They are your well wishers. Use their support.

A goal is also key in staying motivated. Whether this goal is an ATAR, or a certain grade at university, by having a big picture view of why you are putting in this effort you will be able to maintain your focus and motivational drive.

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Map out where you are at 🗺

You can’t get to your goals if you don’t know where you are at the moment. Before you start to set up your routine and start studying, assess where you are. What work have you done already? What topics have you studied? What topics do you need to study? These questions will help you get your work organised.

You will also need to work out which subjects need more of your attention. You need to determine your strengths in each subject, and what areas need to be worked on.

Once you know what you’ve covered, what you need to cover and what subjects you should focus on, you can set up your study schedule and get organised!

Organisation 🗓

Your day at school is organised – so your ‘school day’ at home should be as well!

  1. Study Space: You need to have a dedicated study space. The reason why we are able to do so much work in the classroom is because the environment is conducive to learning. You need to replicate this environment by having a dedicated space. Ideally you’ll want this space to be away from any distractions (prime suspects – the television and your bed 👀).
  2. Routine: Another reason why you get so much done at school is because your time is effectively organised. You need to mimic this by developing your own timetable. The best way to do this, is to stick to your school timetable. But, if you want you can develop a new timetable, taking into account your strengths and weaknesses and which subjects need more of your attention.
  3. Breaks: Schedule breaks throughout the day similar to your school timetable. You can’t focus for more than 2 hours at a time, so it’s essential to take short breaks to stay refreshed and maintain focus. In your breaks you can exercise, get a snack or scroll through memes.
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Studying in isolation is hard – but not impossible. By staying motivated, reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses and getting organised, you can stay productive and get your work done.

Happy studying and stay connected!