This Sucks- Studying and Schoolwork
Written by Abby Wray on May 2, 2020
So. This sucks.
One of the most unexpected difficulties with COVID-19 and quarantine is school. Focusing on schoolwork, essays, and lesson plans seems impossible most days. I know some people are thriving with online school but for me, not having a teacher I meet with to hold me accountable has been hard. Not being in a classroom setting and interacting with professors and peers sucks and makes discussion and education very difficult. This whole situation has definitely shown me how much I rely on a routine. Coming up with some semblance of a schedule is tricky every single day. I forget to eat, turn in work on time, and I don’t leave my room some days. I know I have to get past this and work a million times harder to conquer the upcoming finals week and I’m sure many students are feeling the same.
Here are a couple tips that have helped me and I hope can help make this last week of school easier
–Listen to music while you study, write, and work on assignments. I have found that more mellow music I don’t know very well works best for me, this way I don’t find myself focusing on the lyrics instead of what I’m supposed to be doing. Headphones are also more helpful for me than just playing music in an open room.
-Set goals and stick to them. Make them realistic and try your hardest to not push off work to the next day (I know I’m definitely guilty of this).
–Do at least one thing productive a day. Even if you can’t bring yourself to write that 5 page essay, do a discussion post or exercise for half an hour. This will prevent you from feeling unsuccessful at the end of the day.
-Take TIMED breaks. If I took a break for as long as I wanted to whenever I wanted to I’d never get anything done so I’ve come up with a system that works for me. Complete something and then take a 10-20 minute break depending on how large the assignment I had just done was. Set a timer though! Don’t rely on you looking up at a clock for this, keep yourself accountable and set alarms.
-Talk to your professors. I’m convinced that I have the best professors at KWU and in the world. They have all been incredibly accommodating and understanding about this difficult time. I’ve had to sit down and have some difficult conversations with some of them to straighten me out and get me back on track but it has been absolutely beneficial. If you have a problem or question reach out to them! Our professors miss us and the classroom just as much (if not more) as us. Most of them will get back to you as soon as they see your message and truly help you.
-Come up with a reward system if necessary. If you need incentive to do your work, figure out a system. “If I write two pages of this essay, I can watch an episode of my favorite show” Find what incentives work for you and stick to it. You can’t have the reward unless you do the necessary task.
-Have an accountability partner. It can be your parent, friend, classmate, or a teacher; someone you check in with to tell them what you’ve completed or need to complete. You’re more likely to be productive and complete tasks when someone else knows you have those tasks to do and hold you to them.
-DON’T FORGET TO DRINK WATER- your brain can’t function properly when it’s dehydrated, so you need to treat yourself to a big glass or bottle of water.
Good luck on the final week of the semester. Know that your professors believe in you and you can do this!