We’ve had a couple of weeks now to adapt to our new routine and new way of learning. Even with that said, there is still so much uncertainty in our day-to-day lives and it can be hard to stay focused and tune out the chaos surrounding us. It all can feel overwhelming. So as we continue to hunker down and shelter in place, creating a sense of control in our lives is paramount. Getting creative and developing a new norm will help keep you on the right track for your educational success.
- Take note of the changes to each of your classes - writing papers vs performing labs, listening to virtual lectures vs attending class; creating chat rooms for group studying. Embrace the different learning styles.
- Get organized and set a schedule to instill discipline and structure. Use a daily or weekly calendar to create a visual of your routine; then salute your accomplishments.
- Look for ways to adapt your usual habits and form new ones. See if you can recreate at home the study habits you normally use on campus. If you’re used to studying in a coffee shop, fix yourself a homemade cappuccino. If you’re used to studying in busy settings, recreate with a background noise app. Get creative.
- Don’t try to multitask. Working and studying from home provides plenty of distractions to keep you from the task at hand. Focus on one thing at a time to avoid mistakes. Performing multiple things at once limits the information your brain can absorb. In the long run, assignments and studying end up taking longer. Check assignments off one at a time. It feels good.
- Stay in touch! Whether it’s with a professor or a study group, participate as you normally would, just virtually. If you have questions, reach out to your class instructor. They are rooting for your success.
- Most importantly, take advantage of PVCC’s free support services. We are here to help and encourage you to reach out. All of our departments have online resources for you to access as well.
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to make time for you - exercise and self-care - you’ll be amazed at what a walk around the block can do to clear the mind. Even while sheltering in place, take a walk or a bike ride; spend some time meditating or participating in a live streaming of a yoga class; do something for yourself. You deserve it.
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