As an off-campus student, I have certain responsibilities that regular first years do not. A big responsibility is finding the energy to study and work when at "home" and not at a library or study space. It can be hard to draw the line between work and your personal life.
Here are ten tips to help you work more effectively at home!
I have to set a schedule that I abide by. I have to state that "from this hour to this hour I will work on this". Turn I turn on Spotify and start whatever it is.
Should I complete the task earlier than expected, I peak at my go-to list and see if there are any short tasks that need to be done. All this being said, do not do the dishes in the middle of your homework though! Yes taking a break can be wise if you are working hours on end, but do not start a different task!
Also, forming a dedicated workspace in your home that is free of distraction is key. I have a table that is my "war desk". It houses my laptop, writing utensils, printer, binders, speaker, textbooks and everything else. Homework does not go into the living room or bedroom... ever!
In short, dedicate yourself to your work! Let it have your undivided attention and thought. If you try to do everything, you will not do it to the best of your ability (Jack of all trades, Master of None). I encourage you to try different ideas when it comes to studying and staying on track. See what works best for you, and be flexible as your priorities change.
Now get to work!