There has been a massive shift in education ever since the pandemic hit the world by storm, and most schools have had to adapt to online learning throughout various levels. Among its long list of pros and cons, the hindrance to effective learning from home can be a matter of motivation. Without the routine of getting dressed, going to an actual classroom, and having to mentally prep for the day’s work, it can feel overwhelming and sometimes make one feel too lazy to get much done.
The requirements for senior high school have become much more accessible these days. That is mainly in countries where there is a necessary push to make it easier for students to get online and continue their education digitally when it’s not easy to access. If you can enroll online and are struggling to get into the groove of things, here are some things you can do to make it easier to feel productive for class.
Stick to a schedule.
If there is no designated time when you have to attend any online video calls with other students, getting things done for the day will rely on your time management. It can make things much less stressful and more efficient if you already set up a specific time for your lessons and studying. Assigning a timeline for yourself can make it easier to create a routine and start following through on it out of habit.
This consistency will develop your discipline toward studying and can guide you along since you will be able to monitor how you use up the time. Over time, you’ll be able to identify what stumps you and what areas you can speed along, so you can adjust accordingly to maximize your schedule.
Designate an area for study and classes.
You’ll feel more productive if the space you put yourself in is conducive to it. Create an area where you do all your school-related stuff so that you don’t have any outside distractions and everything you need is in easy reach. Make sure you get ready so that your brain knows you’re doing an activity that requires you to be alert, without necessarily sacrificing your comfort (if you want to wear a loose tee and shorts, this is the place to do it). Then, make sure that the space itself is comfortable. If you have enough light, a suitable temperature, and it is relatively noise-free, it can be easier to feel mentally active and lessen the burden.
Studies have shown that where you study is a significant factor in remembering any information you take in.
Join study groups.
During these stressful times, it can be hard to feel motivated on your own. In that case, try creating or joining a study group. With a good set of people, you can use the social aspect of it to feel more active and at the moment so you can learn and focus. Just make sure that things don’t get derailed, and it just turns into a random hangout session.
Make sure to relax and do some recreational activities afterward.
Just as important as it is to set a strict schedule for studying, it’s also essential to establish when to cut things off. Part of separating the school from home since it will be in the same place is by making sure you don’t carry your studies around with you in the back of your head after your schoolwork. Once you’ve finished your assignments and you’ve logged in enough hours for the day for the relevant subjects, go hands-off on all of it. That can help your mind take a load off and associate a time and place to your productivity. Eventually, you should be able to time it just right when you feel most in the zone.
Follow a to-do list.
Making a physical to-do list that you can check off can help you to set objectives and tackle them one by one. That gives you direction without being overwhelming, and studies show that people have better performance when they have written down what they have to get done. It can help you set priorities, give structure, and enables your brain to recognize some order to it. If you break things down into smaller tasks, you may be able to get through it with less procrastination.
There’s a lot you can accomplish if you set your mind on it. Make sure you give yourself the best shot at feeling motivated while adjusting to the learning setup.