For many college students, studying can be tedious and difficult. Therefore, in this post we give you the best tips to study from home and tell you why our residences are the best place for it. Take note!
Tips for studying from home or residence
Below you will find a list of the best tips for studying from home and, within each of them, more specific suggestions to make them happen.
The objective of studying is to pass the exam, of course. And although there are other factors that come into play that day (nerves, ‘luck’ with questions, etc.) what will really bring you closer to success is having a well-worked out agenda. Here are some things you can do:
- A detailed list with all the topics and subtopics to study.
- A calendar to distribute those topics, so that each day you know what you should cover – don’t forget the rest days and the review days.
- Self-evaluations – for example, small questionnaires to assess the degree of assimilation of a subject. Or even do your own mock exams, with the format of questions that will fall into it.
- Detailed programs for each day, taking into account the time available according to your other activities (work, sports, classes, etc.). You might find our post on how to study and work at the same time useful on this.
2. Relax before you start
This is another great tip for studying from home, although it is often undervalued because of lack of time. But be clear that you should not start studying with physical or psychological fatigue. In that case, you will not perform as well as you could. Therefore, you can take note of these suggestions:
- Do a short meditation session before you start, especially if a long day of study awaits you. It can be short, just 10 minutes will help you and you can easily find guided sessions online.
- You can choose other relaxing activities, such as yoga or tai chi, or whatever you like to do to eliminate tension and stress before you start.
- If these do not work for you, at least try to sleep well before studying. Make it a quality sleep, something that you can achieve with a long night’s rest or a restorative nap.
3. Concentrate during the study
Even if you are at home or in your residence, you will have a lot of external stimuli around you. And if you pay attention to them, they will shatter your concentration. So one of the great tips to study better is to isolate yourself from all of it. Here are some ideas to help do that:
- Say goodbye to your mobile phone, or rather, let it be a ‘see you later’. Put it on airplane mode, move it to another room on silent mode, or simply turn it off. WhatsApp can wait!
- Avoid distractions on your computer or tablet, these external stimuli can come precisely from the device you use to study, so if you can’t stop it, you can let other tools do it for you. Look for distraction blockers and concentration timers like Focus Lock, Pomodoro Timer, Focal Filter to help you.
- Relaxing background sound, there’s a lot of research to suggest it’s usually more effective to listen to sounds of nature or classical music when you’re studying. Websites like Rainbow Hunt offer different degrees of raining sounds, as if you were witnessing it on the other side of the window!
4. Use technology productively
To get the most out of your time, you can’t let your technical resources weigh on your tasks. So to be truly productive, one of the tips for studying at home is to monitor the performance of your devices, such as;
- Checking the upload and download speed of your internet connection.
- Ensuring the agility of the PC, tablet or device on which you study.
- Using the correct keyboard, especially if you enter large amounts of content. In that case, it is preferable to use a good physical keyboard instead of a virtual one on a touch screen.
5. Disconnect during and after studying
Finally, disconnecting from time to time is essential. And also at the end of your day. In this case, it is more advisable to take a rest from screens and books, so it will be good for you to go for a walk, meet friends or take a swim in the pool, for example.
Collegiate residences, your ideal home to study
Taking into account our tips to study from home, the Collegiate residences in Madrid and Collegiate in Valencia are perfect for this. We cannot plan your study calendar, but we can provide you with many other things. In particular, a fast and stable internet connection, a comfortable workplace in your room or in the study room and facilities with common spaces to rest and disconnect such as a bar, living room and a gym.
So if you want the perfect conditions for success in your career, follow all these tips to study from home and reserve your place at Collegiate. We will be waiting for you!