It was difficult enough to focus on schoolwork as a college student before the pandemic hit. Trying to make friends with the people on your floor, nauseously running to class after a late night, and keeping up with the seemingly endless social events were definitely challenging. But these aren’t the problems that will get in the way of your studies this year.
As a 2020 college student, you’ll face unique challenges (and go down in history for doing it!). It will take creative strategies to keep up on your work and stay motivated when you feel like you’re under house arrest. Just because you don't physically have to show up to class doesn't mean you can mentally check out! Here are our tips for acing your online classes in the midst of a pandemic.
1. Create new habits
We all formed new routines when quarantine started, and let’s be honest, they aren’t great. Reimagine your routine and follow through with it every day. Habits are tough to break, especially when you’re used to sleeping in and taking a hit right there in bed. That’s not going to serve you well now. Remind yourself of why you’re in school, and focus on that when you’re feeling like you’re slipping back into your old ways from lockdown life.
2. Change your scenery
Filling up the coffee pot with Folgers’s each and every morning can get monotonous. Not to mention you’ve been staring at the same wall for the past three days. Mix it up by taking your computer or book to a local coffee shop for the morning. Don’t have one close by? Be your own barista and get creative with your caffeine to keep it interesting.
3. Eliminate distractions
You're never going to be able to focus when your funky-looking bong is staring at you from across the room, begging to be used. When you're in your designated "school space," make sure only the things that you need from school are within reach and view. Out of sight, out of mind!
4. Reward yourself
On the flip side, don’t deprive yourself of the things that bring you joy. We can’t change overnight, and you’ll function best if you’re still being kind to yourself. Light up a joint as a reward after a long lecture or a chunk of studying. Just make sure you’re staying aware of when you are smoking and why. Use smoking as a motivator—don’t let it affect your education.
5. Create a study group
Find a few like-minded students in your classes and form a study pod. You can hold your own Zoom sessions or meet up in person to watch lectures, study for exams, or complete a project. Your group can help keep you motivated while bringing a little fun into your day. Have everyone bring their own mask as well as a joint or Ooze pen to transform the study sesh into a smoke sesh afterwards!
The circumstances are less than ideal for college students this year. But with these tips in mind, you have everything it takes to stay focused and motivated. The bottom line: you’re in it to win it now. Do whatever it takes to go ace those classes!
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