Be Kind to your Mind - Study Tips
Be Kind to your Mind - Study Tips
Be Kind to your Mind: Top Study Tips
Mental Health Awareness week is running alongside YSJ Exam week, so we thought it was important to remind you of some important tips that look after your mental health during this time. It’s super important in the current climate to be able to separate your studies from other aspects of your life and create those separations in your home learning environment.
Below includes tips we find useful during exam week.
Useful University Contacts and Documents:
Study Skills Documents: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/students/study-skills/study-success/
Study Development, book a tutorial: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/students/study-skills/study-development-tutorials/
Academic Liaison Librarians: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/students/library/academic-liaison-librarians/
Digital Skills Support: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/students/digital-resources/
Assistive Technology Support: https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/students/digital-resources/assistive-technology/
1) Take a break!
Possibly the most important thing on this list, taking breaks are essential to productive study. Research shows that taking breaks from studying every ninety minutes or so can improve both focus and attention. A good study break consists of activities that takes your mind off for a little while.
2) Get yourself in the right mindset for your online sessions.
When you have a class coming up, it’s important to utilise those opportunities to engage with your cohort and lecturers! Don’t feel nervous to ask questions, your lecturers will really value that input from you!
3) Manage stress!
Stress is often unavoidable but knowing what triggers your anxiety and knowing how to cope is critical in maintaining good mental health. Try to manage your responsibilities and worries by making a list or a schedule of when you can resolve each issue. If you find you are having trouble sleeping or are waking up thinking about all the things that are stressing you out, write them down and reassure yourself that you can deal with them in the morning.
4) Set bite-sized reasonable goals
Whether it’s making all your lectures or ticking off a to-do-list, a win is a win, no matter how small. When we set goals (and meet or surpass our expectations), it can help us feel in control and boosts our self-esteem.
Decide what you want to achieve and write down a list of steps you need to realise your goals.
Some list essentials:
✔ Keep hydrated
✔ Grab a snack
✔ Take a break and get some sun
6) Plan your day!
It's important that you keep these realistic based on how you work. Make sure you include breaks and don't compare yourself to others or to your normal productivity in the library. If you have an unproductive day, don’t worry – that’s normal. Wake up and try again tomorrow.
7) Keep in touch with your lecturers and Academic Tutor
Staff are still working at the University to support you, so make sure you contact them if you need any support on assessments or anything clarifying. The staff work here to support you. Make sure you utilise the services that are available even while you're at home. I’ve put some useful links at the top of this article!
It is important to remember that if you are struggling then please reach out to your friends, services that are available and the university. We're still here, working hard to ensure students have the best outcomes when studying at home.
Best of luck with your University assessments!