We’re all in this together
Things may feel out-of-control right now. You may be facing a lot of unknowns and disruptions. Try to be patient with yourself, your classmates, and your instructors during this time. Take care of your wellbeing first. Making a plan and adjusting your studying may help you feel even a little sense of control. Use this resource as a starting point.
In this guide, we’ll talk about:
Your study habits may need to change. Use the strategies in this guide to help you adapt.
1. Staying organized
With so many things changing in your courses, you might be reliving that first-week-of-class confusion at finals-week pace. Here are some things you might want to keep track of for each class:
|Course 1||Course 2||Course 3|
|Important dates||Paper due Friday|
|Recorded lectures||Group paper, no presentation|
|Important links||Lecture links||Lecture links||Group paper files|
2. Avoiding multitasking
If you’re doing more work on your own and your time is less structured, you might be more tempted to multitask. Many people think they can do multiple things at once. But research shows us that only about 2% of the population can multitask. Even if you feel like you’re multitasking, you’re probably not… really, you’re switching between tasks very quickly (some call this “micro-tasking”).
The downsides of multitasking and microtasking:
What to do instead:
When you need to study something important, consider The Magic of Monotasking.
3. Making the most of video lectures:
4. Setting a schedule:
As the situation unfolds, you will have fewer social commitments, group meetings, or possibly, work hours.
5. Trading your strategies for new ones
Your routines may have to adjust during this time. Look for ways to adapt your usual habits or form new ones. For example:
6. Working with a group or team
Remote collaboration will look a little different, but it is definitely possible.
7. Staying connected to other people
Even if we limit how much face-to-face time we spend with others on campus, connecting with family and friends might be more important than ever. And staying in touch with instructors, classmates, and group mates is still important for continued classwork. Here are a few ideas:
Please remember, this will pass.
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