Thriving Through Pandemic Pressures

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

COVID has taken a toll on everyone both mentally and physically. With impending final exams just around the corner, we want to discuss some of the challenges of this pandemic time and offer some suggestions and tips for navigating finals during a pandemic.

One of the many challenges presented to students with distance learning at home is the difficulty staying on task. The endless distractions at home make it much easier to lose focus. Itʻs tempting to lay in our bed during class instructions, or run into the kitchen for a snack, or having all our technology at all times within an arm's reach. This causes many of us to not remain focused or exert sustained energy on assignments and projects. Utilizing interval studying through the Pomodoro Technique has helped many students stay on task and optimize their time in order to get the most work done. This technique involves taking small breaks throughout your studying in order to reduce brain fatigue. You can download the free app to your phone.

Another challenge is that many students tend to procrastinate more with distance learning. In order to address your procrastination you need to understand it better and look for resources out there to help you combat it. All research has shown that students that procrastinate generally suffer from lower GPAs and lower test scores. Many people will try to convince themselves that they work better under pressure but that is just not true. Leading cause of procrastination is lack of motivation and the only thing that motivates chronic procrastinators are deadlines. Some tricks to lessen procrastination is setting “fake” deadlines or deadlines earlier than actual ones so that they get into panic mode which then activates them to get the work done. We highly recommend that you watch Tim Urbanʻs TedTalk: Inside the Mind of the Master Procrastinator to get a better understanding of how it impacts our productivity. One last suggestion would be reading the book “The Procrastination Equation” by Piers Steels. In the book the reader will gain a clearer understanding as to why people procrastinate as well as how to make changes in beh