How to Manage Studying in the Pandemic

Corona has, without a doubt, managed to turn the world upside down. During this unprecedented time, we’ve all found ourselves homebound for weeks and even months at a time and this has forced us to learn to do, otherwise mundane and everyday things, in a brand-new manner. Studying is no exception.

As it is, most of us find studying to be a difficult task. Once upon a time, we could still force ourselves to get into the groove by going to the library or planning study groups and such. Being surrounded by people who were studying would be motivation enough for us to start. But the pandemic has ensured that we can’t even do that. Which is why, what was already a difficult task to do has become even more difficult.

So, how can one mange to study during the pandemic? Here are a few tips and tricks that have worked for me.

  1. The first thing is to try and look at the positive side of being stuck at home. Sure, that’s easier said than done, but it isn’t impossible. One positive is that at least being stuck at home means there are far less distractions than before. Parties, dinners, get togethers are all not happening and so you don’t have an excuse to put off studying. Now you don’t have to make the difficult choice of finishing that chapter or missing out on a fun night. You’ll be able to get more done.
  2. Creating your study space is also very important. If you have a study desk in your room, that’s ideal. Make sure to remove any unnecessary stuff off the table and make space for your books, notebooks, and laptop. If you don’t have a study table, then find a nice comfortable spot to sit in. Make sure that the desk and table are at level to avoid backaches. Make sure the study space is away from distractions such as the television, the main door or even the kitchen! Also try to keep this space organized so that your notes and books aren’t misplaced. This is especially important if you live in a shared space.
  3. Communicate to others at home what your schedule is. If you live in a shared space, make sure that everyone knows that you’re sitting down to study and that you shouldn’t be disturbed unless its an emergency. Your roommates can also help you keep on track with your studies. Tell them if they catch you wasting time, they should remind you to stay on schedule.

I personally used these tricks to get into the mood to study. Another important tip is to give yourself credit too. This situation is entirely new to you and there are no guidelines on how to cope. Give yourself time to adjust and if for the first few days, things don’t go as planned, don’t give up. With time you’ll learn how to study in this new kind of normal.

Let me know if you have any questions at sohaib.ahmed@student.hanken.fi!

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