Many students are now getting their education in a different kind of “classroom”– their home. If that’s true of you, how can you make the best of it? Here are some suggestions.

Five tips to help you succeed

  • Plan your routine. Try to maintain a regular schedule, just as you would if you were attending a real classroom. Set aside specific times for coursework, errands, and other important matters. You can adjust your schedule as needed.
    To think about: Why is it a good idea to write down your schedule and put it where you will easily see it?
  • Cultivate self-discipline. Even when you aren’t motivated. Don’t procrastinate!
    The biggest challenge is self-discipline. It’s easy to make excuses and say, ‘I’ll do my coursework later.’ Then you don’t do it later, and you end up getting behind.
    To think about: How can doing your coursework in the same place and at the same time each day increase your self-discipline?
  • Create a study space. Have on hand all the materials you need. Make your learning environment comfortable, but not cozy. You’re there to work, not to snooze! If you can’t have a dedicated area for your coursework, maybe the kitchen or a bedroom could be set aside as your study space during your learning period.
    To think about: What adjustments could you make so that your study area is set up for learning?
  • Learn to focus. Concentrate on the subject at hand, and don’t multitask. If you try to do several things at once, you’re more likely to make mistakes and take longer to complete your work.
    To think about: Could you gradually increase the amount of time you can focus on one assignment?
  • Take breaks. Go for a walk, ride your bike, or exercise. A hobby too can refresh you. “But get your work done first,” says the book School Power. “Free time feels freer when you don’t have unfinished business.”
    To think about: What kind of breaks will help you resume your coursework with a clear mind?

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