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University study in lockdown

Well, what a time we’re living in. With the country more uncertain than ever before, everything in day-to-day life seems so up in the air.

If you’re a university student like me, the thoughts of ‘what will lockdown and social distancing mean for my future and for the current academic year’ will have definitely crossed your mind at some point. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of lockdown.

Treat every day as if you were at uni

Whilst the thought of staying at home all day, playing video games and watching Netflix sounds like a great idea, it’s probably not going to be great for your productivity. Whilst you may not have as much face-to-face teaching, deadlines (unfortunately) aren’t going anywhere! By treating every day as if you were still in university, you are more likely to get more work done and stay on-top of things.

Stay fit

When staying at home, the Government has permitted leaving the house for one form of exercise a day – use this opportunity! Staying fit, healthy and eating properly can do wonders for your body, mind and mental state. Whilst those digestive biscuits are definitely there to be devoured, it’s great to keep yourself healthy as it will benefit you in the long run! There are tons of home workouts online and all you need to do is have a quick Google or check out our TikTok!

@uolstudentlifeNo equipment, at home leg workout 🦵😜##workoutfromhome ##stayathome ##workoutfun ##legday ##fyp ##foryoupage ##fypage ##workoutvideo♬ Lose Control – Meduza & Becky Hill & Goodboys

Here are some more benefits of staying active.

Your tutors still exist and will support you

Just because you may not have as much face-to-face teaching, your tutors haven’t vanished off the face of the Earth – they’re still there to help you with any questions you may have. Most tutors are just an email away and can also be contacted through conference calls on Microsoft Teams. You don’t need to feel alone or anxious about deadlines or assessments, as you still have people you can talk to. I know it felt that everything had disappeared when we first went into lockdown but that really isn’t the case. If anything, tutors might reply to your emails quicker now as a result of being at home – every cloud has a silver lining, eh?

If you need help, you can get it

In these times of national uncertainty, it’s only natural to feel anxious. However, these feelings of anxiety can be worse for others. Whilst the Government do not advise you leave the house for anything ‘non-essential’, places such as doctors surgeries and clinics are still open and you can still contact them via phone if you are experiencing any issues. Lockdown isn’t the most fun in the world and now more than ever we should be focusing on staying connected. Even a FaceTime call with your parents might do you the world of good – help is out there if you need it. Nobody should be made to feel alone.

And there you have it – a few tips on how to make the most of this strange period of self-isolation. If you have some spare time (let’s be real, you probably do!) and what to hear a bit more about what to do during self-isolation, then the newest episode of the Fresher Take Podcast is for you!

For more information about remote exams and assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic, head over to Learning at Lincoln.

This article is featured on Learning at Lincoln. 

Please note: This content was created during the Coronavirus pandemic, and some things might be different due to current laws and restrictions. Please refer to the University of Lincoln for the latest information.

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