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Adjusting Study Habits During Quarantine

By: Eileen Guo

Things may feel out-of-control right now. You may be facing a lot of unknowns and disruptions. Try to be patient with yourself, your classmates, and your instructors during this time. Take care of your wellbeing first. Making a plan and adjusting your studying may help you feel even a little sense of control. 

Try your best to:

  • Stay organized
  • Avoid multitasking
  • Make the most of video lectures
  • Set a schedule
  • Work with a group or team
  • Stay connected with other people 
  1. Stay organized
    1. Notice any major changes in your online classes; whether that be new due dates or a new way of tackling the curriculum, write it down to keep track of what changes happen where.
  2. Avoid multitasking
    1. It is scientifically proven that only around 2% of the population can actually multitask. Quickly switching between multiple tasks is what you’re most likely doing, which isn’t an effective way to utilize your time. 
  3. Make the most out of video lectures
    1. Make sure to stick to your instructor’s schedule as much as possible; close all distracting tabs, and follow up with questions about any changes in the curriculum.
  4. Set a schedule
    1. Setting a schedule can help you stay organized and motivated. As there’s less time to go out and hang out with friends, it’s easier to manage your time and allocate times for exercise, self-care, and work that needs to be finished. 
  5. Work with a group
    1. In working with a team, you have a support group there to motivate you. They’re there to corroborate and share ideas; new people spark new ideas and it’s easy to stay concentrated when you know people are relying on you to accomplish a task. 
  6. Stay connected with other people
    1. Even if we limit how much face-to-face time we spend with others on campus, connecting with family and friends might be more important than ever. And staying in touch with instructors, classmates, and group mates is still important for continuing classwork.

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