By Francesca Acocella, Director of Student Services
Create a routine and stick to it, including:
- Waking up at the same time every day.
- Getting dressed in the morning.
- Scheduling time for meals.
- Creating a physical study space with desk/table surface, strong WiFi connection, and any necessary school/office supplies.
- Move your body! Stand up, stretch your legs, and walk around every 30 minutes (except when you are class).
- Make a daily schedule for studying that factors in class time, class readings, outlining, meals, and reasonable breaks.
- Be realistic in how long each task will take and factor that in.
- Reduce distractions during class, just as you would in person (turn off phones, don’t browse the internet, etc.)
- Plan to check-in with one friend a day. Coordinate a time via Zoom, FaceTime, email, text, etc. in advance to talk about how you’re doing. Ask this friend if you can hold each other accountable for work, whether they’re a student or not. Set a goal for the time between conversations with that friend.
- Use video conferencing for study group sessions.
- Make weekly academic goals for outlining and class readings.
- Control your news intake – take a break from news alerts or social media if it feels overwhelming.
- Schedule time for yourself! Schedule breaks, Netflix binges, snacks, mindfulness, cooking, exercise – whatever works for you. When circumstances change, bring a sense of normalcy to your schedule by leaning into what has worked for you before.
Additional Mental Health Resources
24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-621-HOPE (4673) Please note that someone may be able to track your visit to this webpage.
Chat with an advocate
New York City Rescue Mission (Food, supplies, shelter)