Kia ora! We’re all back into the swing of things with the start of term 2 and hope you are adjusting to the changes. I know it can be daunting to keep on track with uni work in this strange new environment, so UC Mentoring is here to help.
We asked our Mentors what their top tips were for managing the challenges that have arisen with online study. Whether you’re going it alone, back home with family, or in a flat full of mates, check out the 10 tips below to make this term the best it can be!
- Let your family and flatmates know when you need to watch lectures and study, and ask them to try to keep the house quiet. If possible, you can try to coordinate your schedules so you’re all working at a similar time, or put in place specific “quiet hours” in the house.
- Set yourself small and achievable goals each day. Write out a schedule of what you need to do, and the things you want to achieve, including break times.
- If time management is a struggle, try using an app called Forest. It lets you specify the amount of time you want to focus for, and if you leave the app, your tree wilts. It makes you accountable for your time, and its super rewarding when your tree is fully grown!
- Set yourself a deadline each evening of when you will stop focusing on uni work. It can be tempting to work late into the night, but having a cutoff time means you can have time to relax.
- Keep connections and communications with friends open by having an accountability partner. Check in with each other at specified times each day to set your intentions for the day and keep each other on track.
- If your mind feels fuzzy or like you’re blocked, go for a walk. Get some fresh air and allow yourself the time to step back. Trying to force yourself to work when you need to rest will only make you more frustrated.
- Try to watch your lectures according to the timetable. It can be tempting to pause them or watch them later, but following your timetable might make you more motivated to study, and it gives you some structure to work around.
- In addition to taking breaks when your mind is fuzzy, use walks, exercise, or creative activity as a small reward for completing tasks. After lectures, we usually leave the building to go to our next class, so take a short break in between lectures or study time.
- Change your screen mode to reduce blue light. You’re less likely to get headaches and tired eyes from staring at your screen.
- Try to eat well and regularly, as well as drinking plenty of water. Sometimes when we’re home, we may forget to eat, or may just snack on unhealthy foods, but it’ll be good for your body and mind if you nourish it, which can help with focus and productivity.
Most importantly, find what works for you. I won’t say we’re all in the same boat, because everyone will be dealing with different challenges and situations, but we can all help support one another. Check in with your friends, reach out when you need help and do the best you can.
If you do feel you need extra support, UC has plenty of resources available and UC Mentoring is here to help. As fellow students, we can direct you towards resources or be someone outside your bubble to debrief with. Kia Kaha.