Studying at home

As many schools and universities make the transition to online lessons, students across the world face the challenge of learning from their own home. This can be difficult for some people, especially those who face additional challenges in their home environment. I’ve compiled a list of top tips I’ve found, to help those who may be struggling.

Create your workspace

Whether this is in your room or a quiet spot in the house, its important to make this a comfortable place to be, with adequate light and fresh air. A decluttered desk space is recommended, with a chair that is supportive to minimise the risk of strains and other discomforts that you may encounter when studying.

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Set out your tasks

There are lots of study planners out there but its arguably just as easy to make your own. Writing down and organising your tasks in blocks can push you to manage your time effectively.

Schedule in breaks

Rest is equally important. Studies have suggested that you should take a break at least every hour, helping to prevent fatigue and maintain productivity. Its important to note that some people can work for more/ less time so find what works best for you!

Use focus trackers

Apps that remind you to take a break can be really useful and there are lots of these available. Also, apps that ‘lock’ your phone for a set amount of time such as Flora can help you to remain focussed!

Keep your brain active in breaks

This could be done by watching TED talks/ reading/ exercising for instance. Utilising breaks to do something productive but enjoyable can help you to remain focussed, while still allowing you to forget about your studies for a while.


Studying at home can prove challenging for some, with distractions presenting themselves in a way that wouldn’t happen in your typical school setting. Writing down distracting thoughts into a journal or talking things through with someone could be helpful. Be kind to yourself.

Switch off after the workday

Living and studying in the same place can mean that it’s difficult to switch off from your studies. Making that distinction between study and rest time is important in ensuring you know when to move away from your desk, which can be beneficial for both your grades and health. Research has suggested for example that sleep can help you to consolidate information learned in the day, indicating the importance of rest and downtime as well as studying itself.

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