How to be Productive for Online and At-Home Learning

How to be Productive for Online and At-Home Learning

As our world faces the fast-spreading pandemic of COVID-19, we are adapting to new ways of life. As students, we now have to learn and study through online class sessions from the comfort of our own homes, which presents many new challenges. Under these circumstances, and with a host of new distractions, how can we remain productive?

Here are some tips and ideas – for students, by a student who is also adjusting to at-home learning:

1.  Start Calendar Blocking

Create a time block schedule that carefully organizes your day. Start with blocking off time for online lectures, and continue by adding in times to eat lunch, study, do homework, and email questions to your professor. Penciling in specific times for at-home workouts, doing laundry, etc. are all ways you can fill the day.

2.  Find A Comfortable Working Space

It can be difficult to maintain focus while lounging on a couch or bed. Be creative and designate an area in your home for studies. Whether you’re at a kitchen table or a desk, a room with windows and natural light will make your day brighter!

3.  Make A Daily Checklist

Hand-write a checklist of things you would like to accomplish by the end of the day. Do you have a goal to drink 8 glasses of water? Are you actively making a habit of washing your hands more than usual? Physically crossing off completed tasks will help motivate you to get the job done.

4.  Take Care of Your Body and Mind

Do an at home workout, pick up a new hobby or refine old tricks. Take a walk or open a window in an effort to get fresh air daily. You can even access virtual RecPlex classes! Tune in Mondays & Thursdays at 4:00pm here and Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 8:00pm here. Although you may feel isolated, the personal improvements you can make are limitless. 

5.  Build Your LinkedIn Network

Begin or continue to make connections through LinkedIn. Classmates, Fairfield alumni, or professionals in your desired industry are all people worth connecting with.

For updates from the University, be sure to be following Fairfield U’s page too.

6.  Join Daily Mass

With collaboration from ITS, Campus Ministry and other Jesuit Colleagues, Fairfield is offering the ability to attend daily mass. Tune in at 12:10pm Monday through Friday and at 11:00am on Sundays virtually through Zoom.

7.  Continue Resume Development

Set yourself up for success. If you don’t have a resume, make one! If you do have a resume, there is always room for improvement. Email your school’s Career Center for resume help, interview tips, and more: 



SOE, SON, and the University Career Center:

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Last Modified: 04-07-2022 03:12 PM

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