Studying in Lock down

An exam season like non-other, the library is shut, all of my exams are online, and I am forced to study from home. My only solace is that I must stay inside which makes studying inside whilst the sun is shining at least bearable.

How to do it?

Studying from home is hard because there are a lot of distractions and you may not have the best set up. My advice would be to create a study space, that is not in your bedroom, so you can try to split your day up. I also think it’s important to make your study space as nice as possible, with a focus on lighting and tidiness.

I even brought some plants to make the space most enjoyable to sit in.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you are getting up to stay indoors, so I recommended creating a to-do-list and a have-done-list which will help keep you on track and make sure you recognise your achievements.

Finally, it’s still important to keep to a schedule, getting up for 9 am and sleeping well will ensure you can work efficiently.

Take Breaks

As always, taking breaks is very important to ensure you are working efficiently, I have been going cycling for exercise and taking a daily walk with my flatmate to ensure I have proper breaks. I have also been taking ‘online gym classes’. These have really helped keep me motivated.

Eat Well 

Now more than ever eating well is important, being at home all day means we can all put more effort and thought into cooking from scratch, which gives us something to look forward to, to do and enjoy. I also think if you can try to eat with a flatmate to make sure you take a break and enjoy your food.

Find hobbies

We all have that hobby we’ve put on the back burner whilst at university or forgotten about, I would recommend taking it back up to help give your mind a break. For me, I’ve been able to take reading back up. Finally finishing a few books, I have started over the semester!


Finally, it can get lonely studying all day at home (which is okay), normally I have ‘coffee breaks’ at the library with friends. Without this option, try scheduling coffee breaks on face time or even studying together on face time to motivate yourself and stop yourself from getting distracted. Tonight I plan to play cards against humanity online with some friends!

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Hi, I'm a Fourth Civil Engineering student and the marketing officer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship. I hope you enjoy reading my blog about studying at the University of Dundee.

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    2 Responses to “Studying in Lock down”

    1. Annie Weber

      Useful tips! It’s a new experience for all of us, but I think we’re doing well.
      My study space is in my bedroom, but I swear I get out of bed to listen to lectures and take notes xD

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