COVID-19 has affected our lives in many ways. The most prominent of these changes have been in the way we interact with people and spend our free time. While the nationwide lockdown is gradually easing, there is still a long way to go before the status quo is restored in our everyday lives.
Navigating education in these strange times can seem daunting and can be challenging for students everywhere. And, with schools being shut indefinitely, it has put a pause on education for a lot of students as well — especially those who depend on classrooms to learn, such as the students belonging to underdeveloped regions of the country or those hailing from less privileged backgrounds.
But, learning is a continuous process, and the reality is that we can still continue learning from within the confines of our homes. All we need to do so efficiently is self-motivation and the right mindset. Here are 6 tips for students to study at home by helping create the right learning environment and making the most of their time:
- Create a ‘Study Zone’
Staying all day at home can also mean lots of distractions. So, in order to stay focused while studying, it is better to dedicate a specific area in the house for studies.
Ensure this designated area is free of clutter, has good Internet connectivity, and is comfortable enough for uninterrupted learning. And, to give your study zone an academic vibe, you can decorate your this study zone with time table, syllabus, motivational quotes, etc.
- Revise the Basics, Strengthen your Concepts
This is your personal time and you need to free yourself from the hesitation of asking questions or accepting difficulties. It’s the best time to revisit lessons, strengthen fundamentals, and master challenging topics.
So, if you’re struggling with a certain topic, instead of shrugging it off, take the time to understand it. There are various study materials available online that explain concepts in an easy-to-understand and engaging manner.
- Watch Videos for Efficient Comprehension
Multiple studies have proved the fact that visuals are processed up to 60,000 times faster by your brain than text. And, it’s no secret that learning through videos — interactive or otherwise —is a lot more fun than reading. Hence, they help prevent distractions frim reducing your efficiency while studying.
Learning apps have videos with well-explained animated content and live classes that are designed to help students grasp concepts faster and retain them longer.So, take the time to find videos that explain concepts visually so you can learn, understand, and remember them better.
- Create a Routine and Stick to It
Having a routine can help you become a consistent and disciplined learner. So make a time-table for the day and allocate a certain amount of time to learn, practise, and revise. Allotting more time to the subjects and topics you need to put more effort in is also a good way of improving your efficiency.
To ensure you make the best use of this routine, make sure that you stick to it. Opting for LIVE online classes could also help set a routine to your learning.
- Learn from your Surroundings
Did you know that James Watt’s inspiration for the steam engine came from a boiling kettle? He noticed how the steam forced the kettle’s lid to rise and realised that he could use steam to power an engine.
What this story tells us is that science is all around us — in your kitchen, the garden, and everywhere else. So, be observant of your surroundings, ask questions. If you’re curious to know why certain things work the way they do, look it up online.
If you want to go a step further, analyse what you learn and mentally map each of your newly discovered facts to understand how everything is interconnected!
- Practise – Revise – Repeat
There’s no better time than now to master concepts. Once you cover a new topic, practise and revise.
There are unlimited practise tests and quizzes available online and on apps such as BYJU’S and more, that can help you practice, ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of every concept and unit. You can also refresh your memory by occasionally revisiting old topics.
Although COVID-19 has put all our lives on pause, it doesn’t mean that studies should be put on pause as well. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the lockdown is not the same as your vacations.
Not staying in touch with your studies during the lockdown will not only be detrimental for a student’s academic performance, but will also cause them to fall behind their peers in the long run.
Therefore, it becomes all the more necessary for the students to make the best out of their time indoors to learn, grow, and thrive. Here’s wishing all students the best to make the most out of studying at home during the COVID-19 lockdown!