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Home Study Tips

Agriculture lecturer Gemma Waugh from SRUC Barony offers some tips for effective home studying. 

  • Resources – make sure you have all the resources you need for online distance learning. Contact SRUC if you need any help with this.
  • Time management – work when you work best! Whether that’s the am, pm or a bit of both. Schedule in breaks e.g. 30 minutes work, 10 minutes break.
  • Background noise or silence? Some people like listening to music or having background noise where as others study best in silence. Find an environment which suits you.
  • Limit distractions – put that phone on aeroplane mode and the Xbox controller out of sight!  You might find it helpful to schedule in times when you do the things which distract you.
  • Eat & drink regularly – brain fuel! Make sure you drink enough water (2 litres a day) and eat regular meals and snacks.
  • Contact your lecturers & support staff – any questions or queries we are here to help!
  • Exercise regularly!
  • Moodle & other online platforms – these will become even more key over the next few weeks and months. Be sure to tune in to online lecturers and class tutorials and use the resources available on these platforms to carry out your coursework.
  • Plan – use a calendar to note down any classes scheduled and work deadlines so you can clearly see when classes are on and work is due.  Make daily and/or weekly to-do lists so you know exactly what you need to do.
  • Workspace – find a suitable place to work where you can focus.
  • Take notes – summarising lectures, making mind maps and flash cards are a few ideas.

Do not feel you need to implement all these! Choose the ones that work for you 😊

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