The university experience is always an exciting one. Meeting new friends, going to lectures, visiting the student bar, and individual study in communal areas. But this year, all these things are curbed or strictly controlled due to the ongoing pandemic. The biggest shift in culture is from the classroom/lecture hall to online learning. It’s going to take some adaptation for a generation not generally used to widespread remote learning.
Create a Home Office Space
Granted, student accommodation is small, and you won’t have space for an individual office room. However, create an office nook or corner conducive to distraction-free study. If your new degree course is in your home city, it should be easier to keep your bedroom as your workspace or use a spare bedroom as a makeshift work area. You need the physical and mental space to work and the disconnection from it when study time is over.
Research Study Methods Online
There are various study methods to help you learn. Most people who work from home fear that infinite distractions will prevent them learning. However, there is another problem in the lack of routine running away with you and not getting enough screen breaks.
One such study method which makes you mindful of time slots is the Pomodoro Technique. It divides study into 25-minute slots. Then you take a short break (typically 5 minutes) and go again. After 1 hour, you take a longer break of 30 minutes and begin the process again.
Use Anti-Distraction Software
If you’re not used to online learning, you should know that distractions are plentiful, particularly on the internet. If you struggle to focus in a home environment when trying to pay attention to a virtual lecture, know that there are many anti-distraction apps out there. These block common websites like social media, clickbait sites, and anything else that drains your time. You set the parameters such as time frame and which sites to block.
Make it Communal with Group Learning
Part of the joy of traditional lecture halls is meeting with friends before and after to discuss the upcoming subject. Bandwidth permitting, you can make a group conference of it. You could study independently at about the same time and have a video conference afterwards, just as you would coming out of the lecture theatre or classroom. Comparing notes and discussing ideas is all part of the student experience.
Seek Out Digital Learning Events
This is a unique situation and your university will have resources to help you adapt. Seek them out and use them. Although main degrees have not typically been online, universities have offered distance learning for around a decade. They will use this experience and the tools for their distance learning programmes for degree students too.