Tips to make the most of remote learning at university

Written by Calvin Bowers

With the coronavirus pandemic dramatically affecting how we live our daily lives, both undergraduate and postgraduate students must quickly adapt to remote learning.

For students that do not have access to modern technology or a suitable environment for home studying, the prospect of spending your next university semester and perhaps even full academic year studying from home can be a huge concern. One in four university students have admitted that they don’t feel optimistic about the prospect of digital teaching and are particularly concerned about the quality of content.

With this in mind, we have compiled some top tips to help you adapt to this new learning style, and make the most of your degree:

1. Create a routine

With an abundance of distractions, we understand that your home environment may not always be an ideal place to study. If the most suitable environment for you to study is in your bedroom, then whenever possible, make sure to separate where you sleep to where you will be working.

Motivate yourself to get ready in the mornings. You will focus better and be more productive if you feel prepared for the day.

2. Get your tech ready

Covid-19 has highlighted the urgent need to address digital poverty. You should feel comfortable reaching out to your university if you need help with the cost of purchasing or upgrading your computer. Take the time to explore our dedicated page on university costs to help plan your budget.

3. Take regular breaks

Remember to factor time for breaks into your daily routine. It’s essential to take time away from studying to focus on other activities such as socialising with friends or exercising.

4. Keep in touch

Even though you may not be able to meet your lecturers and tutors in person, they are still available to contact remotely for support. If you are getting behind on content or struggling to understand certain concepts, reaching out to your tutors is the best place to start. Most of the time, they will be happy to clarify material over email or via video call.

There are also several broader support systems at your university, including the student counselling service. If you need assistance with any matters, reach out to your student support team. If you need help with careers advice, consider looking into the virtual careers fairs offered by your university.

5. Be kind to yourself

Everyone takes time to adjust, so it’s essential to take the time to try different approaches and find out what works best for you. The changes the coronavirus pandemic have brought to our lives have been drastic. Remember that it is normal to feel overwhelmed, and it is crucial to take the time to rest, relax and take care of your mental health.

For more advice and support, visit our dedicated guides for students and graduates, including the useful resources hub.

For parents concerned about how their child will cope with university life, including the changes to learning style, Developing a Student have created the guidance for parents hub of information.

Last Updated: Friday October 9 2020
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