Study Skills

Study Skills

Taking Classes Online

For many of us this is the first time we’ve had to engage with our courses online, and adjusting to that can be a bit of a challenge. 

Here are some key things to be aware of to enable you to get the most out of this new way of working:

  • Engage in your classes: be an active participant
  • Manage your time: plan when you’ll study, take regular breaks
  • Have a regular study space - or more than one if you like to mix it up a bit
  • Eliminate distractions! Keep your phone off, and out of sight
  • Keep in touch with your uni friends
  • Keep in touch with your tutors and lecturers

Here are some handy articles which spell this out in a bit more detail:

And here are a few study tools which you might find helpful:

  • GoConqr: enables you to create your own mindmaps, flash cards, quizzes
  • Quizlet: develop your own flashcards and tests
  • Kahoot!: a fun way to test each other 

Managing Your Time

The single best thing you can do to get on top of your work is create a weekly schedule. 

This will look different for each of you, but here are some suggestions:

  • As far as possible match your online study schedule with your usual Uni timetable - so if you normally have a Physics lecture from 10am-11.00am Tuesdays, then watch that lecture online in the same slot. 
  • If you think about each day as having three ‘blocks’ (morning, afternoon, and evening), you’ll want to put in ten decent ‘blocks’ of work over a given week. This could be morning and afternoon Monday-Friday, or you could mix it up a bit.  
  • Think about when you study most effectively, and plan the work that involves more concentration for those periods.
  • Build texture into your day: include a break to stretch your legs and clear your head at least once each morning and afternoon. 

If, like most of us, you can struggle with motivation, then find ways to be accountable to others, such as agreeing to watch a lecture at the same time as a friend.

Here are a couple of options for developing study timetables: 

  • Study Planner: A4 one-pager per week to print off
  • MyStudyLife: create daily and weekly schedules, with reminders, task lists, etc. 

The Calendar function in Outlook is also a great tool.

Technical Help

You’re doubtless a Zoom pro by now, but if you’d like to find out a bit more about its features, here are some links:

And here are some video conferencing etiquette tips (top tip: mute your microphone unless you’re speaking!).