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Studying at home

Tips and advice for students for successful studying at home

Kids (or siblings) at home? How to keep studying

You may have got used to studying at home in the last few weeks but then your kids had homework to do too. But what if it's the holidays or they've run out of work to do? How can you maintain the same momentum with your studies when you have children to occupy? It’s going to be more challenging but here are some tips from your Study Advisers – who are also mums and dads, and like you are trying to work and study at home.

Be patient

These are extraordinary times. Up until now it has not been the norm for families to be together all-day, every-day. Don’t worry if things don’t run smoothly to begin with.

Be patient and give yourself and your family time to adjust to the new set of circumstances you find yourself in. Be considerate of others around you. If they're older children talk to them about how they think you can work together and find out what they need from you, so they can get on with what they need to.

Find a routine that works for you and your family

Resist the urge to compare yourself with others.

Studying at home with children means that you not only have to get yourself into a routine, but you also need to establish routines for your children. This comes with its own set of challenges - especially if your children are young or get bored easily. At this stage, you may find it tempting to compare yourself to others - especially those who appear to have things perfectly under control. Resist the urge to do this. Remember, there are no right are wrong routines, just what works for you and your family.

Just as you would for yourself, designate study or activity spaces for children; get them to create timetables and set themselves goals for things they’d like to achieve. This gives them a sense of ownership which can be motivating.

Make the most of technology

Apps screenMake the most of technology by tapping into the plethora of available apps, games, and websites, which are both educational and entertaining (TED-Ed and Duolingo are popular in our household).

Also, don’t forget, children can connect with school friends online too.

Protect your study time

When planning your workload for the day or week ahead, try to be realistic about what can reasonably be done in the time available and don’t get discouraged if things take longer than anticipated.

It is also important that you protect your study time. This could be when children are occupied by a partner or siblings

Set aside fixed times in the day and week for study and make a commitment to stick to them. Let everyone know in your family that this is a time when you can’t be disturbed. Try to avoid interruption/distraction during these times by enlisting the support of a partner to keep children occupied or siblings to engage each other

Make study active!

There are likely to be many competing demands on your time, so make study periods count by making your learning active. Avoid passively reading through or copying-out course notes and other texts. Instead, do something with the material you are learning - such as applying it to solve problems and answer questions.

For individual help on managing your time and meeting deadlines contact us (studyadvice@reading.ac.uk) or book a 1-2-1 appointment from the link below