5 Study Tips for a Virtual End of Semester

With finals coming in full swing and to-do lists that keep getting longer, not to mention adjusting to a virtual end of semester, this time of year can be overwhelming for students. Here are 5 study tips from COVID Ambassador Caileigh MacDonald, a fifth-year elementary education student originally from Ottawa, Ontario, that might help you adjust to online exams and assignments! Keep in mind that although these tips might not work for everyone, it’s always worth a try.

1. Write detailed to-do lists

Instead of writing vague to do lists that give a general idea of your tasks to get done, break down each task into smaller steps and achievable goals. Although this might make your to-do list longer, it will help clearly lay out each thing you have to do, creating an almost instruction guide of work that needs to be completed. Ticking off each accomplished step becomes more encouraging and you’ll feel more productive!

2. Create a workspace that works for you

As we are all staying home to keep both ourselves and our community safe, it is important to create a workspace within your living space that is conducive to learning online. Your bed is probably really comfy, but is it really the best place to be listening to a lecture? Probably not. Instead, create a space you like such as a desk or your kitchen table where you’ll get the most out of your online lectures.

3. Stay connected

Studying and living inside our respective homes day in and day out can feel isolating at times. Take time to connect with fellow students, friends and family whether by text, call or even a quick FaceTime! You could even try hosting a study group on Teams. We are social beings after all.

4. Take breaks

Getting work done is important, but taking breaks is equally as important. It’s called balance! Take 5- or 10-minute breaks every hour to help you stay productive and on task. Breaks help to break up work and help stop you from getting complacent when doing your assignments. Breaks can act as a reset on the work you have been doing, allowing you to re-enter the task with a fresh mind.

Brain breaks help keep your brain on task; try out meditation, listening to some music, or even give painting a try. Body breaks help to get you moving; consider how you sit in one place in only a couple of positions everyday, giving yourself these breaks helps to keep your body feeling better. Try out some stretches or an at-home workout, follow an easy yoga tutorial on YouTube, or just dance it out.

5. Go outside

Take your breaks outside! Bundle up and go for a walk around your neighbourhood; fresh air helps wake up the mind and body. If you are in Lennoxville, there is an awesome path along the water off of Samuel-Grathem and Connolly.

A little bit about Caileigh…

Hey Gaiters! My name is Caileigh MacDonald! I am a fifth year elementary education B.Ed student originally from Ottawa, Ontario. I love all things yellow, poetry, coffee and could never say no to Happy Hour at the Gait! I have been involved in campus as a Big Buddie, in the Bishop’s University Charity Fashion Show.

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