Studying at home is great – you’ve got everything you need right at your fingertips, you can sit on your comfortable sofa, and you can even keep your pyjamas on! So, it’s no surprise that more and more students are opting to take online degree programs instead of attending traditional classes.
Along with the comfort of studying from home, online programs also offer the flexibility to travel and explore as you study, and can help to alleviate financial worries with tuition fees at a fraction of the standard price. However, perhaps the biggest downside to online study is that it can get lonely and boring at times, leading to students procrastinating or putting work off since there’s nobody there to keep them motivated.
So, how can you stay productive when studying from home? We’ve listed our top tips.
Tip #1. Have a Dedicated Study Space
Studying for your BSN to DNP online at home is great since you can flip open your laptop in your bedroom, from your sofa, in the kitchen, or even in the bath! But, it can be very easy to succumb to the distractions of your home environment – after you’ve realized that the washing up needs doing, there’s laundry to put on, and your favorite program is about to start on the TV, you end up realizing that you’ve done less than half of the work you were meant to do today. So, the best way to deal with this is to have a dedicated study space. A home office is an ideal solution, but if you don’t have the room then it’s a good idea to consider setting up a desk in your living room or kitchen. Avoid working in your bedroom, because this will train your brain that the bed means work rather than relaxing and can be devastating for your sleep.
Tip #2. Have a Schedule
Studying at home gives you the freedom to pick and choose when you’d like to work. However, if you simply go with the flow then you might find yourself falling behind. Creating a schedule that works for you and includes everything from doing the dishes to cooking meals and revising for your exams will help you to stay on track with everything, leading to fewer distractions and ‘oops’ moments when you realize that you’ve forgotten to do some essential chores. If you’re taking on work experience as part of your nurse practitioner doctorate degree from Bradley University, then don’t forget to ensure that your plan works around that, too.
Tip #3. Take Some Time Out
Since home-based learning means that there are no classes to stick to, many online students can find themselves working for hours at a time. But, whilst this can be great if you’re remaining focused and getting through all the work that’s needed, working too often and for too long can leave you feeling burned out and fed up. Make sure that you don’t forget to schedule breaks and time out for yourself to do fun activities – afterward, you’ll feel refreshed, re-energized and ready to take on that tough revision. If you live alone, be sure to make time for socializing so you don’t end up feeling lonely.
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