Work from Home Wednesday

Work from Home Wednesday

Jenny Marchant


These strange times to be a student, especially when having to complete assessments. Because of this, I've put together some tips that I've found really effective for working from home. I hope that these can help you to maintain a good study mentality during the lockdown!


Create a workplace area

This might involve battling with your relative for the desk (I know this was me during A Levels), but it’s important to have an allocated space that you can concentrate and work in.

It’s also really important to try and keep it tidy. This is something I struggle with, as you might have noticed if you've ever popped into the office, but it's so much easier to work effectively without lots of clutter. Make your work space the best environment for you!


Plan your day

In the current circumstances, it’s easy to go from 5 minutes "just checking" Instagram to spending the hour looking at a certain celebrity's TikTok challenges. To avoid this, try to create a realistic timetable for the day, along with goals which you can work towards.

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 fresh and try again tomorrow.


Explore available resources

I know that it takes time to adapt to this different situation with the library being closed, but it's an opportunity to get creative with the available content. Explore the library website and look out for other websites that might be beneficial – I found journal database searches were really helpful during my final year. Some websites in lockdown have even added additional support and resources, so make sure to look out for these!

If you are still struggling with locating resources, or having any problems with having the right equipment, members of the ILE team are still here to support you. Academic Liaison Librarians are there to answer emails, arrange tutorials, and are more than happy to help students get the resources they need.


Keep in touch with your lecturers and Academic Tutor

Given the current climate, it can be difficult to keep in contact with your coursemates and staff. However, 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.


Create group study sessions

Just like you would meet up with your coursemates in the library, it’s important to keep activities like this going at home. There are going to be elements of seminars and lectures that are really beneficial to discuss with them, so use your initiative to get these continuing from home.

Plus, it’s always fun to have an online chit-chat with your pals!


Take breaks!

There's seriously nothing more important than making sure you don't put too much pressure on yourself.

Allocate times in the day to do things you enjoy, or stay in contact with friends. Keep note of how long you’ve been studying for, and make sure for every hour you do you take a 15 minute break to refresh yourself, get a drink, and some snacks!


Utilise the support available

While you're working from home, the University and the Students' Union are aware of how different your learning environment is and we're here to support you.

If you need advise on improving your academic work and writing, book a tutorial with Study Development. If you’re struggling on knowing who to contact about specific things, get in contact with myself or the Students' Union team and we can help signpost to available University services. Make sure you have a look around at the University subsections and also external advice platforms for learning at home!


I hope my tips help you in some way with your learning environment at home. Remember we're still here, working hard to ensure students have the best outcomes when studying at home. If there's anything you need support on, please email me ([email protected]) – I'm more than happy to help.

Best of luck with your University assessments!