Self-Learning Tips – How to Study Smarter Not Harder

With universities shutdown, exams delayed and the new transition to online classes, students are surely facing the heat of corona pandemic.

It is difficult for students to concentrate on their studies amidst the distractions at home and various questions in their mind – when classes commence again, will exams get canceled, or when exams will be conducted.

But if you think is a positive perspective, lockdown time can be used to prepare better for competitive exams. Not every student can avoid distractions and use the time effectively to boost their preparations.

If you were not able to concentrate and afraid of getting behind the studies, then this article will be a lot of help. Here are the 10 ways for productive self-study during the lockdown. They will help you organize and study effectively.


As you are studying at home, there is no one monitoring your work or whether you are studying or not. Over time, you can get lazy and distracted from studies. That is why it is important to make some rules and strictly follow them. Ask your parents or any elder to check you once in a while so that you have someone watching over your studies and keep you on the right track.

Make a Time Table

In order to stay on track with the syllabus, it is better to make a time table and follow it religiously. Just like you have a classroom schedule, set the proper time for each subject during a day or week. Make sure every subject is properly accommodated. This ensures you leave out any subject and cover all the syllabus properly.


Having deadlines helps you stay focused and avoid distractions. According to the syllabus or tip, assign time to complete that task. It is better to set up reminders in your calendar or phone regarding the same.

Take Notes

Be it during the lockdown or in general times, it is important to take notes while studying. When you are reading a topic, highlight the important points/sentences/words. This helps you when you come back for revision. However, this doesn’t mean to highlight every word in the study material. Stick to main points or write a short summary on the topic attach it to the topic page using a sticky note.

Create Proper Learning Space

Instead of sitting on a bed or tossing your books on a couch, it is better to have a proper desk for learning activities and studies. Choose a quiet and less traffic area of your home where you can focus more on fewer distractions. Make sure this area is not near to TV or video games. Dedicate this space to reading or taking online classes. Avoid any eating or playing activity around the desk.

Group Study

Well, you cannot meet your friends physically during the lockdown. But you can surely catch up with them using technologies like social learning management tools or any other. This peer-to-peer learning and interactions can be help students engage and stay concentrated on studies. You can exchange ideas, clarify each other doubts, and discuss the topics.

Mock Test/Quiz

Assessing your progress is an important part of studying effectively. For self-assessing, you can take mock-up tests or quizzes that are available online. This helps you evaluate your knowledge and grip over the topic. Based on the results, you can find out the weak points and try to focus on them more. You can increase the difficulty level of mock tests for better learning. You can ask your parents or elders to analyze your results.

Take a Break

Make sure your daily reading schedule also includes breaks. Self-study also requires well-paced breaks to de-stress and energize your mind. However, don’t take them too often. A 15-minute break once in 2 or 3 hours is sufficient enough.

Feed Your Mind and Body

Make sure to eat nutritious food and on time to stay healthy. Cut back on caffeine and sugars as they can work up anxiety and stress. Having good health impacts your mind and thinking. Drink plenty of water between the meals.

Get Enough Rest

Getting proper rest is also important as it has a direct impact on your mind. According to medical professionals, eight hours of sleep is recommended. Including a sleeping schedule like waking time and going to bedtime helps your body in the good biological clock.


Lockdown is the scary time for students as they are suddenly out of class schedule, no idea on when the classes commence and exam schedule. As parents are also working from home, maintaining self-study at home is not a simple task. Unlike the classroom, there are several activities at home that can distract you from studying. But if you take it lightly, you can get behind.

If taken in a positive way, lockdown time can be used in a very productive way. The above-mentioned tips will help you stay focused on studies. If you follow them religiously, you can pave the way for success.

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