So online learning doesn’t look like it is going anywhere anytime soon, and it took us all by surprise a year ago now, but we are going to get prepared once and for all! This article is the must-have guide to excel at your online learning, making it the most productive and comfortable experience it can be! This could also double as a gift guide for anyone you know who may be struggling with the adjustments.
Tablet and Laptop Table
Although I’m sure many of your teachers would prefer you were at a desk for lectures/ classes, we often find ourselves in bed with our laptops on our laps trying to get our essays done. It seems obvious, but getting a little table for your laptop to use in bed/ when on the sofa, is perfect for productivity. There are so many different styles to choose from so make sure you find the one that works for you! Some come with little drawers where you can keep notes, and others come with cupholders for that much needed morning coffee!
A pillow with back support
Everyone sitting at a desk for prolonged hours throughout the day should have a pillow with back support. Not only will it make sleeping more comfortable, but will support your posture and help you relax in the evenings. This pillow will serve you way after the pandemic also so you will not regret purchasing one. Pillows come in varying sizes and shapes depending on what you’re looking for so shop around to find the perfect one for you!
Hydrate tracker water bottle
It is so easy when you’re around the house and out of your normal routine to forget the importance of staying hydrated. Drinking just one glass of water can have great effects on your productiveness but this bottle is perfect for getting in your recommended 1-2 litres per day! You can get bigger or small bottles depending on your water consumption but this one keeps you on track nicely, where you can visually tell how much water you should be drinking. Staying hydrated can also reduce the amount of unnecessary boredom-driven snack trips during your studies!
White noise machine
Many people associate white noise machines with helping babies get to sleep, but it has also been hugely effective for studying also. If you find you’re the type of person who finds household noises particularly distracting (e.g. people walking up the stairs, washing up, talking), this is for you! New research has found that listening to white noise whilst studying can boost your memory, and keep individuals focussed on their given tasks. White noise machines are also great for peaceful sleeping.
Daily Planner/ Organiser
The key to having a productive day is to be organised, therefore I couldn’t possibly write this article without mentioning an organiser. When we were at school, it felt like a burden to write in our organisers, but now I’d be lost without mine. This planner attached is a daily tear-off organiser, which I think would be super therapeutic at the end of a long day! Invest in a planner that is laid out nicely to fit your studies, so it keeps you motivated, rather than something boring on the eye, which will make you want to launch it in the bin.
A Ring Light
Although definitely not a necessity, I have found my ring light to transform my meetings! Having a ring light is good especially for virtual interviews, or for morning Zoom calls where you still look kind of sleepy! It just does you some favours, and it is also great for selfies… They don’t need to be super expensive, but they make a fantastic gift!