50 Ways Students Are Staying Focused While at Home
Remote learning and stepping out of your usual routine can be a little challenging sometimes, but the good news is that you’re not alone!
We asked our @CollegeBoard Instagram followers to share tips and advice they have to stay focused and motivated during these challenging times. Here are 50 tips that may help you stay focused. Just remember, it’s OK not to be productive all the time and be sure to ask for help from a caring adult if you need it!
Plan Out Your Day
- I made a schedule to plan my days out.
- Allowing myself enough time in the morning to awaken and get ready for the day.
- Sorting assignments and planning my schedule for the rest of the week.
- I set a checklist for the day of what I have to get done.
- Making weekly study plans to keep on task and hanging them up by my desk to remind myself.
- I spend an hour in the morning to plan the day and mentally prepare. It really helps me.
- Go about your day as if you were in school, following your regular bell schedule.
- Study for an hour then take a 30 min break and repeat a few times a day.
- Taking breaks when I need to! I’m more productive this way than working nonstop!
- Study for 25 min. Take a 5 min. break. Repeat.
Create a Study Space
- Having a separate space from where I do things such as game or use social media.
- Make a study corner.
- Finding a new place to study each time so that you don’t get bored and stay engaged.
Set a Goal
- Set a realistic goal to achieve that day and set my mind to it as well as giving myself breaks.
- I stay motivated thinking about the colleges I want to get into.
- Doing a scholarship a day.
- Use the forest app so I don’t get directed on my phone! I like to set 30 min. study intervals.
- Take a break from electronics.
- I am keeping a routine and treating myself after I get a certain amount of work done.
- I established a personal reward system with watching Netflix and snacks.
- Frequent dance breaks!
- Focus on the goal of college and—of course—chocolate.
Try Something New
- Learning to play a new instrument.
- I set a drawing challenge for myself so I can keep up my painting skills.
- Work on puzzles a workout for the brain!
- Find a passion project to allocate some time for recharging. I’m learning French!
- Dying my hair platinum blonde.
- I’ve been sewing and working on craft projects I’ve been needing to finish.
- I’m extremely close to cutting myself some bangs.
Keep Active & Healthy
- After each class or assignment , I’ll do a set of workouts – keeps the blood pumping.
- Waking up early and going on a run to wake myself up and be ready for schoolwork.
- I regularly get up and stretch.
- Getting 8+ hours of sleep.
- Staying hydrated and motivated.
- Take a yoga break every hour—stretch out your back.
- Opening my window to not get cabin fever.
Find a Support System
- I FaceTime friends who have the same classes so we can work together.
- Staying in contact with my teachers and classmates.
- Checking up on my friends every week—making sure they’re healthy and safe!
- FaceTime with friends to study and watch the College Board review videos together.
Use College Board Resources
- I use Khan Academy to practice SAT and keep track of my progress.
- Watching the live AP videos on YouTube and completing practice FRQs on my own.
- The AP live lessons are GOOD. Like so good. They’ve been helping a ton.
Balancing both personal and academic life at home is something new to many of us, so when things get overwhelming, take a few deep breaths. We know you’re doing your best.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please know that there are many resources out there for you. You can start by visiting the JED Foundation and browse the variety of resources that help young people manage their emotional health and well-being.
If you or someone you know is anxious about coronavirus, you can get free help through Crisis Text Line and text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
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