How to Stay Sane while Learning from Home During COVID-19!!

In the past week since I’ve posted here on the blog, life has shifted rapidly for all of us as Coronavirus has placed us on social distancing here in the US and shut down some of your countries. This reduced the majority of us who are students to online schooling from home. I’ve been eLearning for about a week now and definitely miss the face-to-face interactions that school offered. Although necessary to contain the virus, I know I’m not the first to feel confused and lost on how to best go about learning from home. So, I’ve compiled this post with six tips on how I’ve kept myself sane and on track while learning from home! Also, at the bottom, you’ll find a few student resources that I’ve found especially exciting and helpful during this time!

**Before I get into the post, I want to note that it’s a privilege to be able to work from home, school or otherwise, and I am thankful to be able to do so! If you know someone who isn’t able to work or stay at home during this time of social distancing, find ways to support them. Ask them what you can do for them and their family. Let them know how grateful you are of them, how grateful we ALL are for them.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

Sticking to a schedule similar to that of the one you had at school seems like an obvious thing to do during this time, but implementing it is tougher than one would expect. Instead of setting exact times that I would like to have certain classes done, I give myself a wider range. For example, I start my work by 9:00 (at the latest) every morning and try to allot an hour or so to each class. Depending on the day, some class work takes more or less time than normal. Either way, by sticking to a schedule and powering through my work in the morning, I end school around 1:00 every day and have the whole afternoon to create!

I realize we all have different ways that our schools have chosen to go about e-Learning, so some of you have exact class times you meet with a teacher. However, maintaining a schedule to do class work outside of these times can still be useful!

MIMIC YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Something that has helped me the most when it comes to motivating myself to learn from home is mimicking my morning routine. By getting up, making my bed, getting dressed, and putting on minimal makeup, I feel ready to take on the day as I would during school. This also can help give you some semblance of normalcy to the new way of life we’re all leading currently.

HAVE A SCHOOL/STUDY SPACE

Having a designated school and study place is super important! I know that we’re all tempted to do our classes from bed, but studies have shown that working from bed reduces focus levels since we associate that area with comfort and sleep. Find a place in your house like a desk, the kitchen table, a couch with a coffee table nearby, etc. that gives you room to spread out all your work AND keeps you focused.

Also, don’t bring your phone into your school space! I’m guilty of this and when I finally started leaving it in my room, I got my work done loads faster than I had been. TikTok will always be there for your enjoyment when you’re done with schoolwork for the day 🙂

HOST VIRTUAL STUDY GROUPS

Like I previously mentioned, my school doesn’t have designated class times where we meet with teachers, so for the most part my peers and I are on our own when it comes to online learning. Our teachers email us our work and we’re left to finish it by the due date. This makes it especially hard to find motivation to complete the work. Something that’s helpful if you’re in a similar situation is to host virtual study groups! Video chat with a few of your friends who are in your classes and get your work done together.

TAKE BREAKS FROM TECHNOLOGY

We were already on our phones a lot before Coronavirus hit, but now that we’re at home all day and online learning, we most likely spend the majority of our time on technology during the day. Like it or not, this can take a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing. Make sure to take breaks in between classes, grab lunch sans technology at an appropriate time, chat with a family member at home, read a book, write, or create!

STUDENT RESOURCES

1. Spectrum Internet is offering students 60 days of FREE WiFi!! To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395 📱

2. Scholly has started a cash relief fund for students to get essential supplies, groceries, make payments, etc. during this outbreak. Go to myscholly.com/relief for more information!

2. Adobe is offering FREE access for students to their Creative Cloud tools through May 🎨

3. Uhaul is offering college students 30 days of FREE self-storage 📦

4. Planet Fitness is hosting FREE in-home workouts 🏃‍♀️

5. @teensspeakup on Instagram is running a bi-weekly Check in & Chat series. Be sure to check it out for conversations with amazing teen activists 💪

6. For more student resources, check out Gen Z Girl Gang’s Student Resource Guide HERE!

I hope you enjoyed this post and plan to implement some of these tips into your own at-home learning routine. Let me know in the comments below any of your own tips and feel free to leave any more COVID-19 post requests while you’re down there. Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe and keep your social distance!

Love, Olivia

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