Students’ top tips for studying at home.

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A group of students have been working as partners with the Study Skills Advisory Team to improve student access to the provision. Here, they share their own experiences of studying remotely and the different tricks that have helped them.

Dan Stratford
Dan Stratford

“When studying from home, I always make sure I keep a cup of tea by my side! I try to keep a relaxed atmosphere when I’m studying, listening to music while I work is an important part of my study. Having a break every hour or so also keeps me relaxed and productive at home. I always make sure to check the Study Skills Instagram for any updates or tips on studying from home! I always make sure I finish and start my work at the same time every day, according to a routine. Drinking water regularly throughout the day is also very important to keeping productive and healthy while studying from home!
Also, doing small exercises every hour or so is vital to my routine, such as walking around the room for fifteen minutes or so. Making sure the room is appropriately lit is also important to avoid eye strain when studying at home for long periods of time!”

 – Dan Stratford, BA Politics student

Fran Shollo
Fran Shollo

“When studying from home I want to make sure that I have a schedule to follow. It really helps me focusing when I have all written down on sticky notes. It is always important to pick the right time to study, sometimes I can be an early bird, or a night owl but as long as I am not studying from bed that will keep me motivated to continue. YouTube and Moodle are my main tabs on my computer. It does not only help me to relax but I usually use it as a timer to keep track of time; I.e. 10 songs and then a 10-minute break. Whilst Moodle is always the go-to hub to access all the resources from the University and stay updated with the latest on how to access the services online. The transition was a bit confusing but now that I know how to access my 1-2-1 virtual appointments from Study Skills it became easier and useful for my assignments. To be honest with you, studying from home feels better with some snacks! I do not know about you, but I always have a sweet tooth!”

  • Fran Shollo, MA Marketing Management student
Liz Kayanja
Liz Kayanja

“I always make sure I create a good workspace for myself before I start any study. I minimise as much as possible any distractions around me in order to concentrate, keep focused and effective while studying. A good studying environment is known to foster productive work and good studying whereby you are satisfied by yourself at the end of the day. It may range from cleaning and tidying up your work desk to adjusting your radiator or lighting in the room or having a little bit of background music. Just choose an environment that works for you. 😎”

 – Liz Kayanja, MSc Family and Child Psychology student

Becky O'Sullivan
Becky O’Sullivan

“In order to study from home, I ensure that I choose an area in the house that has the least amount of distractions. This allows me to focus on my work and avoid procrastinating. I also like to schedule my time to make sure that I don’t spend too long on any given task and to allow myself to have regular breaks. When I am doing an assignment, I make sure to keep tab open on my laptop with the APA referencing guide. This helps me correctly reference as I write my assignment, making sure I don’t leave it till the last minute. The reference guide is easy to find on the Study Skills page on Moodle. I also like to put the radio on in the background whilst I work. If I play music using a streaming service or through my phone’s music library, I am tempted to pick my phone up to skip songs. Which leads to me scrolling other apps on my phone and distracting myself!”

-Becky O’Sullivan, BSc Biomedical Science student

For more top tips and study advice, please follow us on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Check out the new Study Skills Video Channel and their two Moodle pages: Maths and Statistics and Study Skills. You can also email the Study Skills Advisory Team for more information