Certain situations require us to stay home and try to manage our learning and studying remotely. It can be hard to navigate your education without teachers or school routines, and only using your own resources & the internet. That's why we're here to give our best tips on learning and studying from home. 😊
You can keep reading below, or you can also listen to Eimear and Nessa discuss their tips for studying at home in podcast form, by clicking on the play button below:
1. Get up early and keep a routine
Even though you may feel you study better at night, don’t fall into the trap of burning the midnight oil and then rising at 11 or 12 the following day. Your brain will focus better if you stay in school-mode by starting by 9am or so, and taking breaks when you'd have breaks in school.
2. Keep your cool
Studying at home might present some anxiety for those of you who aren't familiar with doing so, and who are used to the support of a teacher and school surroundings. It's important to stay calm and collected to ensure you can keep your mind focused on just learning and studying as best as you can. Meditation or yoga can help, and even if you don't feel cool and collected: fake it 'til you make it!
3. Make a plan and stick to it
Being disciplined with your study and achieving your goals is made much easier through making a plan. Organise your studying and learning by writing out your plan for the week and assigning time slots to your various tasks.
Check out our study plan template here, or else read our blog on making a study plan below:
4. Stay focused
It's easy to get distracted when trying to study and learn somewhere that is usually a relaxed atmosphere for you. Try to use some focus apps (we like Forest) to keep you from looking at your phone, and be strict with yourself. You have plenty of time to be distracted on your break time, or after the exams!
5. Past Papers are key
Rote learning is still a big part of doing well in the exams here, which means practising the past exam questions is a really effective way of learning by yourself. Get a Studyclix PLUS+ or PREMIUM☆ account, go through the past questions and then view the marking scheme to see how you would have done. Understanding what the examiner is looking for in their marking scheme can often be the difference between an A and a B.
6. Sort your study space out
It's essential that your study space is tidy and organised. Choose a place that is clean and well-lit if you can. If possible, try and make your study area distraction-free: no games, devices, etc. Only keep what you really need in the space around you. Your parents can help here by getting noisy brothers or sisters to keep the noise down near you.
7. Take regular breaks
The human brain is not designed to stay concentrated on one task for hours on end, so this means taking breaks actually helps you study better! Try and break up your study into blocks similar to the school day and take bigger breaks around lunch and dinner time. Try doing 5-15 minute breaks every 40 minutes or so. Use this time to unwind a bit by chatting to someone or checking your phone.
8. Get moving
It’s very common to start feeling really drowsy after a long period of study. One of the best things you can do is to get the blood flowing by doing some exercise. It's also essential for your health, especially if you're stuck inside all day otherwise. Keep your body & head happy by including a quick period of exercise into your day. You’ll also feel much less stressed afterwards.
9. Stay in touch
If you’re feeling stressed, it’s definitely a good idea to talk to your friends, but try and do so only during your study breaks. While you are studying, turn your phone off and try to avoid social media. Constantly replying to messages and checking your feeds will half the amount of work you get done, and could increase stress, depending on what shows up on your newsfeed. If you've any questions, the Studyclix team is happy help you out, you can always message us by clicking on the icon in the bottom-right hand corner, and you can also post a question on Studyclix’s discussion forum.
10. Test yourself
A good way to find out what you need to study more is to test yourself! Try doing this on Studyclix by either creating a custom exam for yourself on our Exam Builder, and then take the exam, or try out our fun & interactive quiz feature, which gives you a result at the end to tell you how well you did. You can also learn passively by learning correct answers as you go along!
11. Use the internet
This seems obvious, but when you don't have your teacher to help explain a concept, the internet is your friend! There is an insane amount of explainer videos/websites/resources out there to help you grasp a topic if you need extra help. Studyclix's Videos and Notes page is a great place to start, but don't rule out apps like Duolingo for language learning, or YouTube for video channels on specific subjects.
We made a short video to explain how to use Studyclix to study and learn at home, you can check it out by clicking below:
Best of luck and get in touch if you have any questions!!
Eimear & the Studyclix Team