It is a known fact that the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world. The status quo was put in question, and numerous after-effects were felt. One of these ripples was a change in the landscape of education. There has been a rise in virtual and online forms of education as students and educators were unable to meet physically. Although some would say the pandemic is winding down in Nigeria, it is clear that these new learning modes are here to stay. At Catalyst, we aim to equip students with the tools they need to excel academically. So, we are concerned with employing modern learning techniques to prepare our students for academic challenges better.

Here are some tips for undergraduate students.

Make a Plan

The shift to online learning means that traditional education’s “formal” aspects have taken a backseat. As a student, you may have materials and videos to digest over a particular time. It is very easy to be distracted by social media. So, the first step is to make a plan. How much material do I have to cover a week? How many hours a day can I dedicate? What helps me focus? These are all questions that one must answer to avoid squandering precious time. Once answered, you can now move on to the next step.

Create a Schedule and stick to it

Even though the physical school timetable may not be in effect, it is vital for a student to properly divide his/her day into segments to maximize productivity. Specific time must be set aside for reading, making notes, or digesting any relevant academic media that’s available. This is especially important for students who are preparing for entrance exams. Some students read better at different hours of the day. Organizing a schedule and sticking to it will help minimize distractions.

Create a Designated Reading Space

Allocate space for reading, and only reading. A table and a chair will suffice. When it’s time to read, move to your reading space. The only activity allowed in the reading space is reading. If you find yourself getting bored or disinterested, leave the reading space for 5 minutes (without your phone) and come back refocused.

Avoid Multitasking

Try to remain focused. Avoid using your phone or handling chores when it is time to be productive. All other activities can come later. Keep your study time sacred. You can always amend your schedule to make time for other events.

Take Breaks

This is an essential tip. Take time off, go for a walk or connect with friends and family. It is normal to get exhausted or bored after studying, so take time off to recharge yourself physically and mentally. 

Do you know undergraduate students trying to cope with virtual learning? Share these tips with them. Contact Catalyst tutors on  08162726997. With our rich experience of guiding undergraduates to secure admissions and achieve academic success, you are sure to be in good hands.

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