TIPS FOR LEARNING AT HOME
Create a designated study area: Choose an area in your house that’s away from noise and distractions and one that helps you be productive. By making this area your designated study area you will focus better as your brain starts associating this space with learning.
Eliminate distractions: At the start of your study session make sure your desk is cleared of any distractions and consider putting your phone and other electronic devices on silent or in another room. This way you’re not distracted by phone calls, texts, or tempted to keep checking your social media. You may even have urges to do things such as watching TV, cleaning your room, socializing with your family, so just make sure you take a deep breath and focus on the work at hand.
Create a schedule: While studying at home is more flexible, it can possess its own challenges. Since you no longer have to be on campus at fixed times you may find yourself doing your normal activities at different times every day and this can often lead to unproductivity. It is very important to maintain a routine. Create a schedule where you “attend class”, study, take breaks, etc. at designated times.
Hold yourself accountable: Be sure to make note of your major deadlines and set goals to make sure you are submitting assignments on time or are prepared for your tests.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help: The transition to online classes is very different and can often be frustrating. If you need help with anything, don't be afraid to reach out to your professors or GAs! They are always willing to help you succeed.
Stay connected with your peers: Make sure you’re staying connected with your friends, this can help reduce stress. Creating virtual study groups on Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts or other programs can help motivate you to study and make you feel less isolated.
Stay updated: Make sure you’re reading your emails and keeping up with both the University of Windsor and Faculty of Science http://www.uwindsor.ca/coronavirus/
Know your resources: While you may not be on campus, there are still plenty of resources available to you:
- Academic advisors:
- Contact information for department specific advisors can be found on your departments page and Faculty of Science FAQ page
- Book an online session with the University of Windsor academic advisors http://www.uwindsor.ca/success/advising
- Download the MySSP app http://www.uwindsor.ca/studentexperience/500/my-student-support-program
- Student Counselling Services http://www.uwindsor.ca/studentcounselling/
- Student Wellbeing Portal https://www.uwindsor.ca/coronavirus/377/wellbeing-portal
- Sci for Relief for more support resources http://www.uwindsor.ca/science/usci/301/sci-relief
Stay calm and positive: Stay calm by doing something that helps you relax, celebrate the small victories and most importantly remember that tough situations won’t last forever.