With all UON courses now run online and remotely, studying from home has become the new norm which can be a difficult adjustment for many students.

Social media is one of the biggest distractions when studying from home and to help we’ve put together a list of tips to help keep you focused.

Put your phone on aeroplane mode or turn off your notifications

This one is pretty simple – the temptation to check social media when studying dramatically decrease when your notifications are disabled. The easiest way to make sure your notifications don’t disrupt you is to put your phone on aeroplane mode when working, that way you can still listen to music but won’t be distracted by incoming messages. However, if you need to keep your phone open for certain messages you can disable notifications for particular apps and don’t forget to disable any notifications which may come through if you’re using your computer.

Put a browser blocker on your devices

If turning off your notifications isn’t enough to keep you from constantly checking social media, try downloading a website/browser blocker for your devices. This allows you to choose certain sites to block yourself from accessing later when you’re studying.

Track the time you spend online

Actually being able to see how much time you spend online or on particular apps can be a big wakeup call and once you know how much time you currently spend on social media you can start to set yourself goals to help decrease your usage. You can check your social media usage various ways on each social media site from the settings on your device. Additionally, there are a range of apps you can download which rack your screen time and allow you to set limits for yourself.

Set a schedule for checking social media

FOMO is a strong motivation and can often make you feel compelled to check your social media feeds every five minutes. Instead of completely cutting out social media during your day at home, allow yourself a set amount of time during the day to catch up on what’s happening on your social media profiles and respond to messages. Be careful and make sure you set a timer as 10 minutes may turn into an hour before you know it!

For info updates on the University’s response to COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 page.

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