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UCMentoring’s Online Learning Guide: Some expert tips

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Change your screen mode to reduce blue light. You’re less likely to get headaches and tired eyes from staring at your screen.
  10. 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.

Living in your bubble this Easter

How is it going in your bubble? The Easter break poses a range of emotions and thoughts for us to process.  Do any of the following resonate with you?

  • I’m pleased about not having to work and looking forward to having a rest.
  • I’m missing my loved ones that I’d usually spend Easter with.
  • I’m looking forward to spending some time in the garden.
  • I’m worried about how other people are managing, even people I don’t know.
  • I think my kids/partner/flatmates are going to drive me crazy over the next few days.
  • I was really looking forward to going away for Easter.
  • I’m on my own and not sure if I’ll feel lonely or not.

We will all have different feelings and thoughts about how Easter will be for us this year and that’s normal.  Consider Easter as a good time to review your Wellbeing and how you are taking care of yourself.  Try doing something different to improve your wellbeing and make life in your bubble more manageable.

Here are some tips for living in your Easter bubble:

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. Sleep is more than just a time for your body and mind to rest. Sleep can help reduce stress and improve your memory, sleep also helps the body repair itself as well as making you more alert and energized for the day.

Here are some tips and tricks for helping you get the right amount of zzzz’s:

  • Allow for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
  • Meditation or reading before bed can also help to calm the mind ready for sleep.

1 minute clip for sleep meditation: