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Create Your Own Structure

Many of us have trouble setting aside time to work when there’s less structure. Scheduling time for the course means making an appointment with yourself and keeping it. Find ways to set aside that time that are meaningful to you:

Create rituals that signify to you that you’re “in class” or “in study mode”

  • Make a habit of being in the same place, at the same time.
  • Eliminate distractions. If you toggle back and forth between work and distractions, you’ll find that you’ve wasted a lot of time finding your spot and your train of thought. Turn off notifications and commit to working efficiently.

Make studying a social activity

  • If you have friends in the class, arrange to listen to lectures together virtually – like a Netflix watch party, but for academic moral support!
  • Start online study groups, but have a clear agenda and intention beforehand so that you all feel like you’ve used your time wisely.
  • If your class is supported by SI or PLUS, add these remote study sessions to your weekly calendar.
  • Lack a strong internet connection? You can still talk about the class materials to a friend, your parents, or an inanimate object like a rubber duck (no judgment!). For many people, talking out the summary of a lecture or reading is a great way to review, and it helps you figure out what you don’t know.