Adjusting to your study habits during COVID, and some ideas for activities and wellbeing.
We’ll get through this together.
Your study habits may need to change. With more of your coursework and teamwork moving to be online and remote, here are some strategies to keep in mind.
Study Tips (Click to expand)
1. Your health comes first
Focusing on your studies can be tough when you’re not feeling well. Putting your physical and mental health first is key to doing well in your studies.
2. Be patient
Things may feel out of control right now. You may be facing a lot of unknowns and disruptions. Try to be patient with yourself, your classmates and your instructors during this time. Take care of your wellbeing first. Making a plan and adjusting your studying may help you feel even a little sense of control.
3. Staying organised
Here are some things you might want to keep track of for each class.
- Do you know where to access the livestream for your classes?
- Is it a specific time, or can you watch it anytime?
- Are assignments changing?
- Are there new due dates?
- Is how you’re submitting your assignments changing?
- What should you do if you need help?
- Is your programme or course offering virtual office hours? If so, when and on what platform?
- Is there an online forum for asking questions?
One example of how you can keep track:
|Class 1||Class 2||Class 3|
|Important dates||Assignment due next Monday|
|Big changes||Group project cancelled|
|Important links||Live lecture link
Office hours link
|Discussion link||Group assignment folder|
4. Avoid multitasking
If you’re doing more work on your own and your time is less structured, you might be more tempted to multitask. Try to stay focused and stay on track by doing one thing at a time. Completing tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and encouragement.
5. Lean on your community
Finding ways to connect with your classmates, friends and family can combat against feelings of loneliness.
6. Make the most of livestreamed lectures
- Stick to your schedule/timetable as much as possible. Staying on a schedule will help you maintain the feeling of normalcy and prevent you from falling way behind.
- Find out how to ask questions. Is there a chat feature? Is there a discussion forum?
- Close distracting tabs and apps. We’re not as good as multi-tasking as any of us think!
- Continue to take notes as though you were attending class in-person.
7. Setting a schedule
While in self-isolation, setting a schedule for yourself can help provide structure and keep you motivated. If you don’t already keep a daily or weekly calendar, now is the time to give it a go. Don’t forget to include time for exercise and self-care.
8. Trying new strategies
Routines have to change during this time, so start looking for ways to adapt your usual habits or form new ones. For example, if you usually study in a coffee shop, Te Puna or Waitakere Library, try using a white noise app to imitate the background noise you might be used to. If you usually study in a group, try a virtual or even phone-based study session with your group.
9. Working with a group or as a team
Remote collaboration will look a little different, but it’s definitely possible.
Try not to procrastinate. That group project may be out-of-sight, out-of-mind if you aren’t seeing each other regularly. Resist the urge to put it off. Make small progress and stay in touch.
Meet regularly, especially if you usually touch base during class. Consider a quick text on your group chat about progress every couple of days. Best case scenario would be to have real conversations over phone or video during the week when you’re working together.
Check in on each other and ask for backup. This is new for all of us, and at times it might feel scary or overwhelming. Be there for each other!
Stay Safe. Stay Kind. Stay Informed.
Exercise (Click to expand)
Remember how good it is to feel your muscles and get that “toned, tight” feeling? Also flopping into bed at night physically tired is one of the best feelings. Working from home gives you the flexibility to choose what best works for you, so schedule some time for exercise and give the following workouts a go:
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Yoga @ home: Online anywhere anytime!
On this Youtube page you’ll find a selection of popular and free, 30-minute or less, yoga classes by YogaDownload. Classes featured include beginner yoga classes, vinyasa yoga, hatha yoga, free meditation classes, and yin yoga, and yoga for stress relief and relaxation.
These free full yoga classes are include styles suitable for everyone so give it a go while at home and you’ll be ready to join in the classes on campus when we’re back. And if you haven’t done yoga before, this is an opportunity to give it a go in the privacy of your own home.
Pilates is a whole-body practice, focusing on alignment, body awareness, and functional movement. The breath is used as a tool to aid your movement not only in class but can also support you in your daily life.
For those new to pilates, we recommend you start with this 10 min pilates work out and build up to longer sessions with videos you find online.
Dances you can do alone or within your bubble
Dancing is a fun, easy way to get your heart pumping and lift everyone’s spirits up. In the weeks ahead, try different styles, see what gets you moving the most.
For those of you who are new to Hula, check out video below for basic steps, and learn how to swing your hips and move your body to Polynesian drum beats and music. The graceful movements of the Hula engage and harmonise both hemispheres of the brain and thus is very healing for mind and body.
Bollywood dance is the dance form used in the Indian films. It is a mixture of numerous styles. These styles include belly-dancing, kathak, Indian folk, Western popular, and “modern” jazz.
Bollywood dancing is the style of dance which has drama, expressions and of course lots of dancing.
All we need is a beat! Urvashi has recommended that you get your bubble involved, have some fun with them, get everyone moving. To this end she has shared some videos that you can watch:
Or you can just simply put on your favorite music and dance like no one is watching. Just like these guys.
Exploring Auckland from your bubble (Click to expand)
While the doors of Auckland Museum are closed, you can still experience some of your favourite parts of Tamaki Paenga Hira from home. Watch how volcanoes are made, make an exotic bird case come alive in a puzzle or see some never seen before photos of Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions.
Even though the physical library building are closed at the moment, there is a lot more on offer than you might think, there is arounf 300,000 eBook, eAudiobook and video titles available to access at home and for free. Take a look at all the services available from Auckland Libraries.
Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery holds a large and significant permanent collection of New Zealand art. Alongside historic, modern and contemporary New Zealand art, you will find outstanding works by Maori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international paintings, sculptures and prints ranging in date from the 11th century to the present day.
Ideas for the kids (Click to expand)
While you're out, getting fresh air and exercise, enjoy the national bearhunt by noticing (and maybe even counting!) the bears that have been placed in windows around your neighbourhood. Join in on the fun and place one or two teddies in your own window, if you can. Teddies have been given eggs for Easter, and now poppies for ANZAC Day. There is also a list of great, free activities to do here.
MOTAT is bringing the best of its great collection to you at home, with new activities, stories, puzzles, games and videos online every day. There are ideas for great self-directed fun and learning for kids, games and projects that can be enjoyed together as a family, and resources for parents and teachers.