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KEEPING YOUR FOCUS, HOW TO GET STARTED?

As an international student during this corona crisis, it might be difficult to find your focus. If you want more information about how to tackle “corona anxiety”, take a look at these tips.

If you are planning to stay and want to try to get some work done, you can:
Try and find the best study location: Unfortunately, the options are rather limited. You can study by yourself in your room but if you like some company, you can study ‘together’ with friends or family via Skype or Google Hangouts. Search for online study buddies on YouTube. 

  • Make sure your study space is well organised. Check it out here.

  • Get rid of all distractions. Put your phone on airplane mode or put it away. Decide when you need your computer and block tempting websites or apps. Put away your laptop the moments you don’t really need it. More info? Check it out here.

    - How to temporarily block websites? Check it out here.
    - How to block apps? Check it out here!

  • Ventilate your study room regularly.
    Sufficient oxygen is essential for your brain to function properly.

  • Pause
    Your brain needs occasional rest to keep performing.
    After a well-chosen break, your concentration and focus are restored.

  • Use the Pomodoro Technique
    This technique helps you to stay focused with a fixed schedule.

- blocks of 25 minutes of non-stop study time,
- followed by a short break of around 5 minutes.

→ More info via this infographic and this video (3’)

  • Tell your family and friends about your daily schedule.
    That way, no one will disturb you while your studying and your focus will not be disrupted.
    Maybe your environment can even support you and help you in your plans.
  • Alternate between your subjects or tasks.
    Alternation prevents boredom and keeps you alert. 

  • How do other students hold their concentration?
    A student testifies in this video