USC students had to make some major adjustments this year due to COVID-19, significantly altering the normal routine of in-person learning. With the sudden shift from an active campus life to a virtual classroom, many students were stretched in new ways. However, in true Gamecock spirit, a good dose of fortitude and some remote learning tips for USC students will help you to continue navigating this course until it’s time to head back to campus.   

Organize the Zone

What furniture arrangement may work for the comforts of home may not be the ideal situation now that you’ve added a classroom to your living space. If you’re having difficulty finding your bearings, rearrange some things to help you find that work/life/school balance. Perhaps moving your desk to face a window and away from the rest of your apartment may do the trick. This simple move with your back toward the living space not only helps create a separation with home life, it also allows you to take in the peaceful outdoors visually. And remember, keeping this area organized will help you stay in the study zone better!

Invest In a Planner

If you don’t own one already, have one shipped your way! There’s something to be said about writing down tasks, assignments, and deadlines that significantly helps keep your schedule organized and improves your productivity. You’d be amazed how checking off items on your to-do list can also be a source of stress relief! 

Invest in You

Make sure you’re prioritizing your health and quality of life. Instead of staying up all night playing video games or binge-watching a new show, opt for a good night’s rest. Instead of feasting on pizza and a plethora of snacks, learn how to master some healthy recipes that help keep your brain alert for good paper writing. Instead of extended couch-sitting, get up and move around — tackle your apartment stairs a few times, go for a brisk walk while maintaining social distancing, or step outside on your porch and breathe in some fresh air. Investing in yourself also means knowing when to reach out for help, even if that’s Facetiming a friend or family member for some virtual connection. 

Silence is Golden

You are hereby given permission to unplug — even if it’s just for 30 minutes, an hour, or more. With the constant barrage of text messages, phone calls coming in, email alerts, social media happenings, etc., it’s important to know when to step away for some needed peace and quiet. If technology is distracting you from homework or a work project, maybe it’s time to flip that silent switch to focus on your A-game. 

Stay Engaged

Whose mind doesn’t wander from time to time? After all, a little daydreaming can be fun. However, if that mental vacation takes away too much time needed for a pressing assignment, it’s important to refocus on the task in front of you. From breathing techniques and meditation to knowing how to avoid the triggers that can rob your attention, there are a number of ways to train your brain to be more present. Keep in mind that remote learning requires a mind that’s present and engaged, so make sure to participate in class via online, stay on top of emails, and communicate with your professors. 

Don’t Compare

Remember, what tips and tricks work for one person may not be the best tools for you when it comes to practicing different ways to help you stay focused. Take some time to research a variety of methods that can help with the remote classroom — you’re worth it.

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