Avoid distractions

It is incredibly easy to become distracted when attempting to do class work remotely. Unless you’re using your phone for class, put it on silent and place it out of reach. If you usually keep several tabs open at once in your browser, shut down all of the ones not related to school work.

Create a to-do list

Write a list of everything you need to accomplish each day. Make sure to schedule some time for breaks so you don’t become overwhelmed and burnt out.

Create an ideal learning environment

Though it is tempting to sit on the couch with a laptop, it is also easy to get distracted. Set up a dedicated workspace that will allow you to focus on your current task. If you miss the sounds of studying in a coffee shop while social distancing, there are several sound machine websites that can provide the necessary background noise.

Make time for your mental health

Just because you’re not in a classroom while getting work done, doesn’t mean you need to work 24/7. While you should focus on your projects, make sure to take time for your mental health. In between projects take a few minutes to go for a walk (away from others, of course), watch an episode of your favorite show, or just browse the internet while drinking a much-needed coffee.

Seek help if needed

Learning remotely can be a difficult undertaking, especially if you’ve never had an online class before. The Center for Academic Support is currently offering online tutoring, and professors are still reachable for help with specific classes. If you need the help, reach out. Just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean you have to do this alone.

Protect your workspace

Talk to family members and roommates about the hours you will be working and studying and set up ground rules during those times. Assume that anything that can interrupt you will interrupt you. Be as proactive as you can about avoiding these kinds of incidents. Don’t be afraid to hang up a “Do Not Disturb” sign.