Hi, I’m Caroline and I’m a Senior Off-Campus Advisor for Contemporary Student Services. Even though I meet and talk with students every day, I am very much an introvert. I’ve seen a lot of jokes on social media about this is a time where introverts are meant to “thrive”; no need to make small talk all day, no crowds, you can work alone ,and on work on your own schedule. Even though there may be some truth to these jokes it is important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself during this time. Below I have listed some tips that will help you transition to working online!
- Find a quiet space in your house and reserve it just for studying. When you’re home it can be easy to spend the whole day curled up in bed. For the best online learning it is important to get up and find a place where you study best.
- Limit Distractions (social media, family members, etc). In order to do your best work, it is important to put your phone away for a designated amount of time and to let people in your home know that you are working and to not distract you.
- Stay in contact with that close group of friends. Even though you’re learning online now, it is important to stay in contact with close friends who you are used to seeing every day. Some ways to stay in contact and maintain those friendship as students is to have video chat study dates. Instead of meeting to study together at a coffee shop, you’ll meet through video chat to study.
- Utilize online resources. George Mason has some amazing online resources that are free to you while you are a student. If you find yourself struggling to understand something reach out to your professors and check out this list of other great resources.
- Take breaks. Even if you are hyper focused on the task at hand, it is important to take a break, especially if you have been staring at a computer screen all day. Doing too much at once can leave you burnt out and unfocused.
- Be kind to yourself. If you find that you just cannot focus that day, don’t force it. Take an hour or two to yourself to clear your head if you find it hard to complete a task. Make some tea/coffee, pet your dog, cat, or whatever animal you may have, and breath. You will be able to get your work done.
- Reward yourself after completing tasks. If you just completed a difficult assignment, take the next hour and do something for yourself. It could be making a nice meal for yourself or watching your favorite show.
One last reminder to go with the tips, even if you are okay working alone, don’t forget to reach out to others. Check in on people in your classes, your work circle, and people you usually saw every day. Moving fully online will be a challenge, but if you keep in mind some of these tips and make time to take care of yourself it will be a challenge that we all can rise too.
If you need support in this transition, be sure to schedule an appointment with an off-campus advisor today!