Studying from home tips

Published: 24th March 2020

Published by City College Southampton

1. Create a working space

Make a space for you to work from, maybe the kitchen table or at a desk. If you don’t have access to those spaces – sitting upright on a chair or sofa will work well. Try not to work on your bed as it is important to create a space you will associate with studying, where you can your materials to hand and can move away from for breaks.

2. Get dressed

Wear what you’d usually wear to college and be sure to get dressed at the start of the day. This way you stay focused and you can dive into PJs as soon as the day is over and it’s time to relax.

3. Check CityBit daily

There will be a lot of class updates, work/projects and resources are being added and you don’t want to miss anything important. Plus, it is the main way for your tutors to contact you and for you to contact them. Staying in touch is vital.

4. Make a plan

If you haven’t already, touch base with your tutor, work out what you need to do and by when. You need to take control of your learning, so plan out your days and your weeks. This can be with a to-do list, diary reminders or anything that works for you. Putting a tick next to each completed task can really help motivate you.

5. Study with your course mates

Online tools are there to use to your advantage when studying at home! Google Hangouts and WhatsApp groups are a great way to share ideas and study with your course mates. You can help motivate each other and provide support when you are feeling isolated.

6. Take breaks

You’ll get stressed out and fed up if you don’t take breaks. The best plan is to stick to regular breaks, just like in college. Why not call a friend between learning or check social media. You can also go for a short work if it's within government guidelines. You’ll feel much better for it.

7. Eat properly and stay hydrated

Just as you should always stay hydrated and eat healthily while at college, the same applies at home. Try keeping a bottle of water next to you while you study? Remember, taking a proper lunch break will help keep you motivated and refreshed.

8. Avoid procrastinating temptations

A big part of staying motivated is removing distractions. If you spend your day on social media, try logging out while you are studying. Does music help you or distract you? Take time to think about what works right for you, everyone is different.

9. Look after your mental health

This one is super important; a lot of things are changing very rapidly and while staying up to date with the news is important it can currently be very overwhelming. If you want to keep up to date why not pick one time during the day to check the news.

Don’t forget its ok to feel alone and a bit scared, there is going to be a lot of adjustments but that’s why routines are key. If you need to reach out for any support or reassurance don’t forget our Pastoral Support team are here to help. Email pastoralsupport@southampton-city.ac.uk and one of our Student Advisors will be in touch

10. Reward yourself

Rewarding yourself for studying is a good long-term key to staying motivated. These can be small rewards for finishing your day's tasks such as some playing video games, during the day, a chapter of a none school-related book, an episode of your favourite Netflix series or video chats with mates. Remember, just because you are studying