Focusing at home can be very challenging, especially if you are sharing space with other people. Online courses require good time management skills, self-discipline, willpower, and strong motivation. So here are some useful tips to put into practice in order to make the most of your online course.
1. Create a regular study space and stay organized.
Establish a designated area and keep it tidy. It’s good to have a place just for studying and do other activities such as eating and resting in a different place. This will help your brain to comprehend that when you are in this spot it is time to focus on your online classes or on your homework.
2. Communicate to others & eliminate distractions in your house.
Communicate to others in your house when you will be studying. Creating a suitable atmosphere to study when you share your house is not easy. However, it’s important to inform others about your study hours so they can try to minimise the noise in the house during these times.
3. Take Study Breaks.
Make sure to incorporate short breaks and your performance will increase. It is advisable to take the 5 -10 minutes break between our lessons. When taking a break, try to get away from your study space for a few minutes; you need to have a change of scenery.
4. Set daily goals beforehand.
Plan ahead and don’t wait until the day before an assignment due date to start working on it! Create a study calendar and keep track of your homework and assignments and last but not least stay on schedule and stick to your plan. This will allow you to focus and meet your goals. Having clear objectives helps not to get distracted.
5. Stay Motivated!
To make sure that you stay motivated and positive during your course, don’t forget why you are studying English and that you are studying to improve. Accept that you will have productive and sometimes less productive days. Celebrate also the little achievements and reward yourself after you finish challenging tasks. Lastly, don’t forget to take some time for yourself from time to time.
Written by Laura Iezzi & Nikolina Furlan