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Though we had to go through a period of readjusting to our new circumstances, lots of us are now getting into the swing of things.

For sure, some things still feel uncomfortable but going back to basics, applying our skillset, using the resources available and having a positive mindset are some of the things that are getting us through. 

 

CITSU EXPLICIT FOR STUDYING & DOING EXAMS REMOTELY

Mustering up motivation...

With everything that is going on, and perhaps having new priorities to tend to, it can be difficult to muster motivation when it comes to study and assignments. Procrastinating on tasks – putting stuff off/delaying action - is something that we all do and it comes out in different areas for each person.

To overcome procrastination and increase motivation, it may be important to think again about what you want to achieve in relation to your academic year. Everyone’s goal is different and reconnecting with yours can bring your motivation into focus. 

To explore and connect with your goals complete this online goal setting exercise or book an online session do this exercise with an Academic Success Coach.  

Another way to tackle procrastination and increase motivation is to dive in and get started on the thing we have been meaning to do. In other words, go against the resistant feeling and force yourself. Taking action often stimulates positive feelings and thoughts. Once we have taken action, we feel a sense of achievement, sometimes even realising that whatever we were putting off wasn't as difficult or as boring as we thought it would be in the first place. Taking action also often reduces anxiety and worry.

See more on tackling procrastination here.

How do you use your time?

Do you spend more time on some things than you actually think you do? It is interesting to track some of the things you do via your devices like how much you move, what your total screen time is or what apps you spend most time on. 

 

Do you feel you have the right balance in how you use your time? It can be really reassuring to see the actual figures on this because a lot of people don’t take credit for what they actually do until they see it in black and white. Many people also realise they are spending more time than they actually want to on certain activities. When we see this in numbers we are more inclined to make changes to our time management. 

 

Planning how we manage our time is time well spent and really understanding how we use it is an interesting task. Follow this presentation and compete this time management exercise with how you currently use your time. It is best not to calculate how many hours are in a week until after you complete the exercise. After you reflect on the results fill out a new one with how you would like it to look.

 

Study planning is an efficient way to approach your study. Planning allows you to set up a positive routine and gets you to reflect on what works best for you in relation to factors like your environment and the study techniques you use. Find more information on study planning here. You can talk through making a study plan with an Academic Success Coach by booking a session here.

 

Do what worked in college at home!

Translating what works for you in the college environment to your new remote environment can be an interesting task. Try to mimic what works for you in college at home. 

 

For example: 

  • Instead of going for a cappuccino in the canteen, grab the Nescafe and set up an online coffee break with your friends 
  • Replace changing classrooms between lectures by taking a walk around the house each hour 
  • Change up where you are sitting during the day by moving rooms, changing your seat (try using an exercise ball), or sitting outside for a while 
  • Instead of using a study hub in the library use Google hangouts to do a study session with classmates 
  • Virtually access the resources you normally use. Most of the resources are available online so check out the CIT website to book sessions with Academic Success Coaches, Careers, Counselling, go to a remote Academic Learning Centre session or access the CIT Library online.  
  • Recreate lunch break catch ups by inviting your friends to eat together online. 
  • Used to doing some study sessions later in the evening or taking a nap in your car during the day? Go do it!

Many students are telling us that they are discovering different ways of studying and communicating because of the new situation. Remember that you will most likely keep some of the adaptations you are making now when it is time to physically go back to CIT.  

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