How to study at home?
With the recent school and university closures, chances are you’ve been doing A LOT of studying at home. Whether it’s all gone swimmingly or you’ve hated every moment, the past year will have taught us all a thing or two about how to study at home. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few top tips for staying focussed and making the most of your time off campus.
Student tips for working from home
Remote study tip #1: You do you
Like to study with music in the background? Or is a tidy desk/bedroom/kitchen/bathroom A MUST before you even think about starting that brick-shaped opus for your Victorian Lit class?
However you like to work, you do you. No one can tell you what makes the perfect working environment. We’re all different, and this extends to our perfect study set-up. That said, there are a few proven methods (backed by SCIENCE!) that will encourage learning to happen. Which brings us to…
Remote study tip #2: Have someone (or something) to talk to
Now, for some, turning off your phone, or all avenues of communication is imperative to getting any work done. While we agree that few distractions are conducive to knuckling down and doing your work, there’s something to be said for having someone or something there to chat through what you’ve just learned.
Russian psychologist and bonafide clever clogs Leo Vygotsky believed speech and thought are closely related, and that by talking about what’s in your brain, learners are better equipped to make sense of it all (Vygotsky, 1978). Like-minded housemates, friends or a class WhatsApp group (that’s on mute) are marvellous, but if all else fails, get yourself a plant to act as your sounding board. We prefer a low-maintenance fern but you know, whatevs.
Remote study tip #3: Find your state of flow
Ever been totally absorbed by something you’re reading, or an assignment that you’re writing? That, my friend, is the state of flow – and it’s somewhere we all need to be if deep learning is going to happen.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced “Me-High Chick-Sent-Me-High” in case you want to impress your friends) found that operating in a state of flow didn’t only improve learners’ contentment, it also made them more productive. In short, it helps you to get stuff done.
Of course, a lot of this depends on how engaged you are with what you’re learning. If it bores you, chances are that zone will always be out of reach BUT since you picked your uni course, *hopefully* you are somewhat interested by its contents.
How one gets totally absorbed will differ from person to person but studying in a room free from esoteric noise is a good place to start.
Recap: how to study at home
- You do you – think about what helps you to stay focussed and create a home studying environment that works for you.
- Have someone to talk to – speech and thought are so closely related, it stands to reason that one will help the other.
- Find your state of flow – think comfortable, secure surroundings free from any esoteric noise.
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