We are all experiencing uncertain times that can lead to stress, worry, and discomfort. As you begin classes, the tips below may help in considering what works for you and how you can best stay healthy and successful throughout the term.
Create and maintain a daily schedule that accounts for your all coursework (in-person and/or online). Be prepared to adjust your schedule accordingly if needed. Be sure to schedule time for personal commitments, work, friends and family, and your health and wellness.
Establish a routine that guides you to your workspace or study area each day. This could be making a cup of coffee, getting dressed, or going for a jog. Everyone is different, find what works best for you.
Outlining Academic Expectations to Family
Explain the importance of upholding your responsibilities of being a student such as the time commitments for reading, studying, attending class and/or participating in synchronous (live) sessions. For responsibilities at home, discuss sharing those tasks to the extent possible that won’t take away from your academics.
Preparing a Workspace
Dedicate a workspace and items that you would use/need in an academic setting: (headphones, adaptors, software, comfortable chair, etc.) Headphones are strongly recommended to help minimize distractions for you and those around you.
Devote time to clear your mind and step aside from your computer screen, assignment, or even away from family and friends. Take a walk, get some exercise, read for pleasure, or talk with a friend. Be sure to set a timer to prevent your break from going on longer than anticipated.
Stay Connected with Friends
Stay in touch with classmates and friends by setting up times to catch up on the phone or video chats and share experiences.
We are all in a period of learning and adjustment. If your routine or schedule doesn’t work out, it’s okay to try something different. The goal is to find the combination that works best for you and be flexible within that. Utilize your community and support system as much as you can.