Raise your hand if your parents or your test grades think studying at home is no different during the lockdown from a pre-pandemic life.
You are not alone ! Welcome to the world wide problem of studying from home and being able to get good grades.
Because studying from home is a massive challenge.
Lemme quickly list down a few problems with this whole studying from home.
Over the top of my head ?
- The T.V
- Simply not being in the mood.
- Unlimited access to wi-fi.
Need I go on ?
Because I truly believe that it is what it is.
Sudden bursts of motivation make me wanna study for 7 hours straight and get another 20 things done on my task list.
Other times I simply cannot convince myself to even open a textbook for 7 whole days.
it’s a struggle.
Here are a few tips to tackle this – from one frustrated student to another.
1.Don’t rely on your motivation
When I get excited about a new project – I get super motivated and don’t mind working on it until the wee hours of the morning.
It could be writing a new blog post. Reading a new book. Studying a interesting chapter.
But then the motivation dissipates , so I don’t get much done.
Soon the motivation returns – sending me into a adrenaline rush.
Motivation is great – but it only comes in bursts. Making it a little unreliable.
Simply relying on motivation isn’t effective in the long run.
2.Build a study habit
As relying on motivation doesn’t always work
Building a study habit is really important.
By building a habit: you begin to get all antsy and jumpy if you aren’t at your desk the time you want to be.
You could also try getting someone to hold you accountable for your time – just when starting out.
3.Embrace the noon slump
I work best in the mornings and even late into the night.
But come 3 pm – my brain simply shuts off and goes to sleep.
More commonly known as the afternoon slump -this is not simply restricted to the mid day.
Night owls can’t work well in the mornings and vice versa for your early birds.
You ever hear of the saying ” If you can’t beat them – join them ?”
I am asking you to do the exact same thing.
Don’t try to beat the slump – instead embrace it.Embrace it by planning something fun , a jog or a quick zoom call with your buddies.
4.Your day begins the night before
My biggest questions as soon as I wake up are :
What time do I sit down to study today ? What chapters do I need to do ? or what class do I have today ?
By planning my day the night before, I know exactly when to get up ,when to be at my desk and what to do.
So simply jot your plan for the day before you hit the sack and see it make a difference.
5.Have any 2 things to look forward to
The simple act of having something to look forward to after a long day of hard work gives you that last extra push.
Plan a movie night , treat yourself to an ice cream cone , give yourself the evening off.
Anything that motivates and inspires you to strive for better.
Some days you do better than others – but what’s really important to keep in mind is that a new day is a fresh start.
And don’t go on a guilt trip if you couldn’t do as much as you hoped for. Just reset and try again.
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