The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has led to the shutdown of schools, universities and workplaces around the world. As a result, many people – from children to adults – have had to adapt to working and studying online. This switch brought with it many issues, and it’s natural for people to lose focus when working alone at home.
Without classmates or tutors to guide and support you in-person, how can you stay focused? This guide is intended to ensure you get the most out of your education when studying online.
Prepare your study space
If you have enough space at home, keep your study area away from your living area or bedroom. Merging them can make it difficult to switch off after study hours, and our brain needs this break in order to stay focused.
Make sure your family or housemates know not to disturb you while you work, and keep the area tidy and organised to avoid distractions. If possible, set up an ergonomic workspace to support your well-being and productivity.
It’s so easy to be distracted at home; your phone, social media, the TV and the desire to clean up can all hinder your productivity and waste time. Leave your phone in a separate room and remind yourself that this is your time to study, so you’re not tempted to log into Facebook or Instagram.
Make time for chores after studying, and set boundaries with your housemates if necessary, to let them know that vacuuming can wait.
Stick to a routine
It’s tempting to wake up 10 minutes before the start of class and work in your pyjamas. However, you’ll find it much easier to get into a focused mind frame by maintaining your usual routine. Whether this includes taking a shower, going for a jog, meditating, or grabbing a cup of coffee before class, do whatever you usually do to launch into your day.
Allow yourself breaks and a proper lunch time, so you can get away from your screen, stretch and refresh.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Remember that this is a stressful time, and if you’re learning remotely due to coronavirus, you’re likely to be under a lot of extra strain. Don’t get too hung up on bad days and reach out to your tutors for assistance when you need it. Just because you’re not physically on campus, doesn’t mean they’re not there to support you.
Find out about distance learning
The Eagle Academy provides distance learning for students overseas and in Australia, so you can kick start your education from home. Our online courses are held via Zoom with our experienced tutors, and lead to Australian qualifications for international students that are unable to come to Australia.
Contact our friendly team online for more information and to discuss our available courses. We can talk you through the requirements to study in Australia and answer any other questions you may have.