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With the quarantine in place, it’s time for us all to accept a hard truth: assignments and tests don’t care about the coronavirus. Classes are restarting this week, and with them now being online, it is more important than ever to have good study and work habits. Despite being in the comfort of one’s own home, academic success in these times is no easy feat. Fortunately, there are some minor changes to your daily routine that you can make in order to improve your productivity.
- DON’T study in bed! As appealing as attending your 8:30am calculus class from the comfort of your bed might seem, don’t. Try and create a separate workspace, whether it’s bringing your textbooks and laptop to the kitchen, or simply sitting at a desk while you attend your online lectures.
- Get dressed in the morning! Following even a bit of your regular routine will help your new life regain a sense of normalcy and will help you to stay focused.
- Text or call your friends during your breaks! Nobody goes through their day at school without interacting with people, so keep your morale up by doing the same at home!
- Put your phone away. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to peek at Snapchat without your teacher noticing, so not to be tempted, turn your phone off, or even put it in another room.
- Use a planner. Without a strict class schedule organizing your time, it’s hard to stay productive and focused. Try and manage your time by making a to-do list and using a planner, all while leaving time for relaxation in your day.
In the end, the next month is full of uncertainty and will not be easy, but with perseverance we will get through it. Working from home can be draining, so take care of your mental health, but overall, stay home and stay safe.
Originally Published on www.bandersnatch.ca Vol.49 Issue 12 on April 1st, 2020