Date Published: September 1, 2020
Since March, life as we know it has changed in a number of ways. Many nursing classes are now virtual, clinicals are now run under different circumstances when they haven’t been outright cancelled, and tests can be remote proctored – and all of that is while adjusting to new responsibilities, lockdowns, and trying to have some semblance of a social life through digital means.
With so much change and uncertainty as a backdrop, we want set you up for success. Here are some tips to help you push through the anxiety, focus on your studies, and have a great semester.
1) Schedule your study time and your relaxation time: While we all know how important it is to stick to a schedule for studying and classwork, it’s just as important to make sure you give yourself some downtime. With so much going on in the world, it’s important to make sure you take some time to unwind.
2) Get outside: Run, walk, ride a bike – enjoy some daylight and move your body. It’ll keep you focused and help improve your mood.
3) Cut back on distractions: Organize your study space, and close out social media and other apps while you’re working. All those notifications can make it hard to get into a good study groove.
Related Read: 8 Characteristics of a Successful Online Student
4) Get to know your classmates: This can be harder to do while you’re taking online classes, but it’s worth the effort to chat with fellow students as much as possible. No one understands what you’re dealing with as much as someone who’s right there with you.
5) Keep in touch with your instructors: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Ask questions, clarify anything you may be confused about, and always let your professor know if something comes up. Your instructor will be happy to help you out, so it’s up to you to let them know when you need it.
6) Understand what testing requirements and processes are before you take a test: Sometimes anxiety comes with not knowing what to expect. Talk to your instructor and, when applicable, talk to the testing center so that you know what the test taking process will be like. Don’t be afraid to ask all of the questions you may have – the more you feel comfortable with the process, the less worry you’re likely to feel on exam day.
Related read: What to expect when taking an online proctored test
This semester is going to be a lot different from normal but at least now, unlike in March, we know to expect, and perhaps embrace, some weirdness. Take a deep breath and do your best to roll with the strangeness. We’ll all get through it together. Have a wonderful semester!
Feeling sluggish? Here are 6 Tips to Help You Find Your Motivation to Study