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Back to School: COVID-19 Edition

It's back to school season and by now, most of us are already done with our first week but this year there is a twist! Coronavirus took over our entire lives and is making back to school, together with pretty much everything else, very weird. Here are a few tips I found helpful during this out of the ordinary back to school season! 

Stay Organized!

Now more than ever, it is super important that you stay organized! With most classes meeting online, it is easy to forget when assignments are due. To stay on top of my school work, one of my favorite things to do is make lists. I keep a list for just about everything (a daily to-do list, a weekly to-do list) and remember to bring those lists with you everywhere you go. Another great way to keep track of your assignments is to use a planner or calendar to write down when everything is due.

Find a Good Homework Spot

Especially now that everything is online, it is extremely important to have a designated homework spot. This can be in your house, kitchen, living room or even outside at a park. I usually like to do all of my work in my living room, and I find that when I sit in my homework spot, my brain automatically knows that it’s time to be productive.

Have a Set Routine

This tip works kind of like having a set spot to do your homework. I found that with everything being online, I was ignoring all of my work during the day and staying up super late to study. By having a set routine that I follow every day, it allows my brain to know when to be productive. Having a set routine will also help you sleep better at night, which will increase your productivity!

Reuse Your School Materials From Last Year

I know how exciting it can be to buy all new school supplies each school year, but I also know how bad that can be for your wallet (and the environment.) Recycling your old school supplies such as pens and unused notebooks will help you save a ton of money, and as a bonus, you will also be helping the environment by not creating unnecessary waste.

Don’t Procrastinate

I am the world’s biggest procrastinator and would always wait until the last minute to do all my work. That can be super bad for your learning and not help you retain any of the information you studied. Another reason procrastination won’t work now that everything is online is that meeting with professors is now limited to emails and online office hours. If you leave everything to the last second, the chances of you having questions and needing to talk to your professors are high, and you may not be able to do that.

I hope these tips will be helpful for this very weird back to school season! Happy studying everyone, and remember to stay safe and healthy.

Fran Ramos is a VCU student where she is majoring in Public Relations. She spends most of her time trying new Pho restaurants with her friends or listening to music. She is a mom to three cats, Lorenzo, Teresa and Oswald and loves to spam her social media followers with pictures of them.
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