Struggling to study at home? Read our tips

How do you keep your focus when you’re not in the classroom? We’ve put together our top five tips for staying productive while you’re at home.

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Learn together

Just because you’re not in the same room doesn’t mean you can’t learn together. Work in pairs or in small groups over Skype, so you don’t feel isolated. Ask your teachers for regular feedback.

If you find yourself procrastinating, choose an accountability partner – someone to check in and keep you on track with your goals.

Use the power of sound

Trying to study while your parents are on Zoom calls and your siblings are being dramatic isn’t easy. How are you supposed to figure out Shakespeare when all you can hear is people saying “you’re on mute!” over and over?

This is where background noise comes in handy. By drowning out the noises around you, it can help you concentrate and learn more efficiently. So where can you find background noise? Well, there are lots of playlists on Spotify to boost your focus. Try this one for binaural study beats! Or if you’re working on something creative, check out Coffitivity – it recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe.

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Break it down

One of the hardest things about studying under lockdown is not knowing when it will end. The days merge into one. There’s no real structure.

But have you ever tried the Pomodoro Technique? It’s a great way to break up what you’re learning into bite-sized chunks. Set a timer for 25 minutes, study and take a five-minute break when the timer rings. Much better. 👌

Build a routine

Having a solid routine is essential to study success. Start by getting up and going to bed at the same time. Then create a plan. Split the day into study blocks and stick to them. Being consistent will serve you well.

Pro tip: pay attention to when you’re most productive and design your schedule around the peaks and troughs in your energy. Take on the toughest tasks when you have the most energy and willpower.

Take time out

No one’s finding it easy to spend this much time at home. We miss our friends, random dance-offs, the football pitch…

It’s so important to give yourself time to reconnect with your interests and the amazing people in your life, even if you can’t see them in person. So in between all the studying, make sure you call your friends, follow exercise classes on YouTube and do what makes you happy. You’ll be much more productive because of it.

If there’s a topic you’d like more help with, book an online lesson with one of our tutors. They’re here to support you throughout the coronavirus outbreak.