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How should I study while away from campus?

  • Studying outside your home may be best if you live in an area where people are not advised to stay in to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Many students find that they are much more productive at, say, the library than in their room because there are fewer distractions and others around them are quietly working away. If you have access to a public or university library, or even a quiet cafe, you might try studying there.
  • Studying inside your home may be best if you live in an area where people are advised to stay in to minimize the spread of COVID-19, or if you actually work best at home. As much as possible, you’ll want to set up your home workspace for maximum focus. You might not be able to control every aspect of the space, but here are some things to consider if you have the option: 

    • Close the door to reduce interruption 

    • Sit at a desk or table where you can spread out your materials

    • Remove anything from your workspace not related to the task at hand

    • Use a chair that is comfortable, but not so comfortable you’ll fall asleep in it

    • Wear ear plugs or listen to background music (so long as it’s not disruptive) to reduce ambient sound distractions

    • Let others know in advance when you’re available to talk, and when you’d like to be left alone to study

    • If you’re working in your room, make your bed to reduce the temptation to work in it or to take a counterproductively long nap. (If you do decide to nap, try to keep it under 20 minutes!)

    • Provide yourself with healthy things to drink or snack on 

    • As tempting as it is to work in your pajamas, this may not be conducive to feeling committed to the exertions of learning. So get ready for the day as if you were leaving the house!

  • Ensure a productive digital workspace. For most, that means silencing your phone and putting it out of sight, closing unnecessary tabs on your computer, turning off computer notifications, and so on. 

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