Working and studying from home can be a major adjustment. Because our classrooms are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, our classes have moved online. While that can have some major positives (see this blog post for a list!) it can also be a big thing to get used to.
We want to make sure that our students have the best possible experience while learning from home, so we’ve compiled these handy tips to make sure your at-home learning game is on point.
Create a designated work area
You may be one of those people who can be productive while lying in bed, but for most people that just leads to excessive napping (yawn!). Experts say that creating a designated workspace in your home will help keep you on track and trigger your brain that it’s time to study. That doesn’t have to be an office or a desk if you don’t want it to be (or if you don’t have space), even a comfy chair that allows you to type and see your computer freely will work. But, avoid making that chair the TV chair too. Keep it work exclusively so that when you settle in you’re ready to get down to business.
Embrace your inner plant farmer
Did you know that studies have proven that houseplants can have a positive impact on studying? A study completed by the Royal College of Agriculture in England found that student attentiveness increased by 70 percent in lecture halls that had plants!
Multiple studies have also shown that plants can help reduce stress levels and instill a sense of calmness. Plants can also purify the air by taking the excess of carbon dioxide and turning it back to pure oxygen. Plants are also responsible for removing chemicals and toxins that can cause insomnia and headaches. They will freshen the atmosphere while adding a touch of natural colours to your room.
Essential oils will awaken your mind
Certain scents have been found to stimulate the brain function that’s associated with learning. Rosemary. for example, increases alertness and improves memory making it the perfect study scent. Peppermint, has been shown to help boost memory accuracy.
Toss a few scents in a diffuser or order a scented candle and see if they help your brain!
For a full list of scents and what they can do for your brain check out THIS handy site.
Do your chores!
Studying at home requires discipline and a world that’s free from distractions. If you’re looking at a sink full of dishes or stressing about how no one has done the laundry in four weeks you’re going to have a hard time concentrating. Make sure that your space is clutter-free and in good shape before settling down to start your day. If you don’t have time to do everything that needs to be done around the house make a list so that your brain can rest easy that nothing will get forgotten at the end of the day.
Get some sleep
Just because you’re not going to class in a regular way doesn’t mean that you can skimp on sleep. It’s still important to get those eight hours a day so that your brain is refreshed and ready to be crammed full of knowledge.
Making sure you stick to a normal sleep schedule helps too. Close your eyes at the same time every night and set your alarm to wake up at the same time every morning. This way you won’t have to fight a case of the groggies every morning and you can wake up ready to kill it.
Studying from home means that you don’t have to wait to change your life. Registering for a class now and taking advantage of temporary online classrooms means that you can start learning new skills and working towards the career of your dreams NOW.
We would love to set up an online chat with you and get you registered as soon as possible. Get in touch today by clicking here and filling out the online form. We can’t wait to see you (online!).