Studying from home? Here’s how to schedule your day for maximum productivity With students now studying at home, the traditional structured day associated with being at school has fallen away. With this in mind, experts from the Student Support Services team at The University of Law (ULaw), have provided an efficient daily schedule to help students get the very best out of their studies during these challenging times.
7am - Wake up
Having a consistent sleeping pattern is vital in enabling you to build a regular routine. What’s more, an early wakeup call gives you plenty of time to plan the rest of your day.
7:30-8am - Eat a healthy breakfast.
Start your day right by having breakfast. Foods high in protein or antioxidants are great for brain function, as well as your overall health and can give you the boost you need first thing in the morning.
8-9am - Exercise
Something that is great for your health and mental wellbeing is exercise. Whether it’s a short walk outdoors or following a tutorial indoors, a light workout before you officially start your day will help clear your mind and give you the motivation needed to tackle what is to come that day.
9-9:50am - Begin your studies in a designated space
Starting your studies at the same time each day develops a level of habit and familiarity, which you can plan the rest of your day around. Beginning your studies at 9am not only gives you a healthy amount of time to focus prior to lunch but also prepares you for the routine of working life in the future.
Always remember to study in a designated work area that is separate from where you socialise where possible, such as an office space or dining room.
9:50-10am - Take a break
Research shows that breaking up your studying regularly has the best impact on your concentration and quality of work. Taking a short interval every 50 mins or so can help you remain focused on the task at hand, be that reading, writing an assignment or watching virtual lectures/tutorials. If you can, use your break to get up and move around - this helps to avoid any issues relating to being seated for too long and can also boost brainpower.
10-12am - Continue your studies
Continue to work through your tasks as prioritised and be mindful of your learning style. People are at their most productive between 8-11am so be sure to adopt the learning method that engages you the most.
12-1pm - Having your lunch
At lunch, try to eat something healthy and do something completely unrelated to study, for example reading a book, going for some fresh air if you can do so safely, or any other activity you find enjoyment in. Giving your brain that bit of downtime will help you take on the afternoon’s tasks feeling refreshed and ready to go.
1-3pm - Continue studying
After having a refreshing, longer break, carry on with the afternoon’s study. Prioritising workloads can help you work through your tasks systematically to achieve the best results. Remember to continue taking a few minutes break every 50 minutes.
3-3:15pm - Freshen up
By mid way through the afternoon you may start to hit a bit of slump, so it can be really useful to just take yourself away from your books for a short period. Have a healthy snack or go outside for five minutes of fresh air if you can - this will help you to get into the mind set to finish the day strong.
3:15-5pm - Study and plan ahead
Finish the day by making the most of all the learning resources you have available to you to tick off any final tasks or objectives.. Use this time to also plan ahead, so you’ll have a head start for the following day.
5-6:30pm - Socialise and relax
After finishing your learning for the day, connecting with your fellow classmates or housemates is an effective way to alleviate feelings of isolation. If you are at home then using apps such as Skype or Zoom can be a great way to connect, whereas if you’re living together in accommodation, using that time to spend together can be really beneficial.
Furthermore, after finishing a productive day of study, pencilling in some more exercise can be really beneficial in keeping the productive momentum going. If you feel up to it, factor in some time to do a workout or virtual exercise class that suits you. Alternatively, other hobbies that can take your brain away from study for the evening can also really help to switch off as you start to wind down ahead of bed time. ULaw's Study Skills Coordinator, Sarah Hall, commented: “With so many students, not just our own, now removed from their daily routines, coordinating your day and having the discipline to plan your time well can be extremely difficult. “It is hugely important to be able to create some form of structure to stick to and compartmentalising your day can go a long way in helping to overcome the lack of direction that many people may currently be feeling. For more information about The University of Law, please visit: https://www.law.ac.uk/