With the current COVID 19 pandemic in the world and the spread of the virus to Nigeria, most of the states in the federation have implemented a lockdown. All students, be it primary, secondary school and university alike, must stay at home and study remotely to help curb the spread of the virus. For most people, this has required an adjustment to their daily life as they struggle to adhere to the 'stay at home rule', which has gone on for several days. Thankfully, there are various ways to help you cope with the confinement to ensure you stay on top of work or school activities
Ordinarily, a lot of people dream of working/studying from home due to the flexible hours it presents, not having to wake up and dress up each day, and if you live in a state like Lagos with heavy traffic, the lack of commute saves you a whole lot of valuable time.
However, studying from home is not as easy as you might think. There are a lot of distractions which makes it hard for you to concentrate on your studies e,g Netflix, people or activities going on around you. There is a need for you to set some self-imposed rules for you to stay focused.
Supeprof is here to share effective ways to avoid this distraction and help you stay focused on your studies during the lockdown. By sticking to some rules and setting up a dedicated space to study, you will successfully stay ahead of your studies. Being on lockdown doesn't mean your studies are on hold.
Determine Your Study Hours
Creating a schedule for revision and sticking to it is one of the most difficult challenges you will face. It doesn't matter which educational level you are (bachelor, secondary school, masters e.t.c), you need to revise your school work and to do this effectively you need a timetable that encompasses all the topics you need to know if you want to stay on track.
The best way is to create a customised schedule that enables you to tick off the topics you have completed as you study.
An example is by deciding to work every other day or on set days of the week if you think that's enough time to cover all the topics you need to revise, even though the norm amongst student is to revise a little every day.
Decide on a certain period of the day to study, e.g you might choose to study either in the morning, afternoon, or evening, whichever suits you best.
Be careful not to overwork your brain this long period of staying at home, adhere to your schedule and do not forget to take small breaks as necessary.
Hence we advise that you structure your days clearly and comply strictly with your revision schedule to achieve your study goals. Writing your study objectives down in a planner or diary helps you to commit to it and once you have achieved your goal for the day, you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want. Self-discipline is of the utmost importance here.
Set Up A Study Space
To be productive when studying from home, it is strongly recommended that you set apart a separate area of your home or room to create a study space. Sitting on the bed or laying on the couch makes it difficult to achieve the necessary motivation you need.
Presently, we are not sure how long the confinement will last, but looking at the situation in other countries like South Africa, the USA, France, Italy e.t.c, there's a big probability that this will go on for at least another few weeks to a month, so it is a good idea to create your own study space especially for those who have exams coming up.
Having a separate study space allows you to associate the space with serious study, as revising regularly in the same spot helps you to stay focused and gears you into study mode.
Having a dedicated study space puts you in study mode and helps you to study more effectively than a couch or bed.
Another effective idea is to create a revision worksheet. Make use of index cards to categorise your subjects which helps your revision. Also sticking your revision sheets on a wall where you can always see them or leaving them in your workplace is a helpful practice.
Improve Your Studying With Apps
Your phone is a big distraction, a good way to fight this distraction tit for tat is by using it to study, install fun apps that can help you study from home.
Below are some of our favourite apps that can help Nigerian students study from home:
- JAMB CBT PRACTICE & WEAC 2020 (available on playstore)
- Complete Mathematics
Apps are a fantastic way to help course contents and concepts stick to your memory, thereby turning distractions into a fun revision strategy.
Take Classes Online and Continue Your Learning
With the use of an online private tutor, you have the added advantage of being able to continue to learn.
Taking private lessons online is another effective way to get away from the distractions of staying at home and helps you to work through your course contents. Online tutors will help you in the areas where you need help the most, as the lesson will be entirely customised to suit your need, plus online lessons are flexible and do not require you to go outside.
The Superprof platform helps you to connect to thousands of online tutors. We have tutors specialising in over 1000 subjects. All you need to do is go to the site and choose the tutor that best suits you.
Superprof doesn't take a commission on the prices you see, you are free to contact as many tutors as you want and most tutors offer their first lesson free.
You can have an online revision schedule with your tutor. This will allow you to stay ahead of your studies, despite the stay at home rule and be prepared for your exams in any subject you require.