No matter where you are in the world, school looks a little different this year. This is especially true when it comes to writing your final exams and completing end-of-year assignments. Whether you’re home by yourself or quarantined with family, you may have to make a few adjustments to keep yourself on track and use your time more efficiently. Here are 10 tips that can help take the focus away from the current pandemic so you can concentrate on your studies.
- Create a designated study space within a specific area of your home that offers enough privacy and comfort to sit for extended periods of time. Consider using noise cancelling headphones to help tune out distractions.
- Take note of all class deadlines and set up a schedule for yourself including reminders for study sessions and project due dates — there are many different apps that can help you with this.
- Prioritize tasks that will take you longer to complete. For example, if you’re a math genius but essays are your biggest challenge, give yourself more time to write.
- Work a few short 20-30 minute breaks into your schedule to help you retain more information and enhance productivity. Try meditating, going for a walk or grabbing a snack.
- Most universities and colleges offer support, tutoring and counseling remotely so don’t hesitate to contact your academic resource centre, instructor, TA or classmates for help. Maybe even consider forming an online study group.
- Set attainable short-term goals to help you focus on your current academic performance (what you can control) to avoid worrying about what the future holds after this semester (what you can’t control).
- Keep your mental health in check by staying socially connected to friends and classmates via video chats or phone calls. Maintain your physical health with proper exercise and a balanced diet, including foods that boost brainpower.
- The pandemic has likely changed the way you’ve been attending class and submitting coursework, so be sure to familiarize yourself with any new exam rules or processes before taking your exams this year.
- Backup your computer as you go (you don’t want to lose any work-in-progress) and test out your laptop/device and Wi-Fi ahead of scheduled exams to be sure your tech is working properly.
- Even if your school has given you a pass/fail option because of COVID-19, it’s still in your best interest to choose to receive a grade since it’s a reflection of the knowledge you’ve gained and an achievement you can be proud of.
While it may feel like there are additional pressures this semester, remember this: you’ve been adapting to this new normal for many months now. Whatever your situation is, be assured and proud that you’ve put in the effort to do your best. Focusing on ways to properly prepare yourself for finals can help you make the most of the study time you have left. You’ve got this!