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Your well-being

Are you tired of sitting at home alone? Do you dread working on your assignments by yourself all day? You're not the only one! That's why we have listed a number of tips and websites below that will help you to stay focused, successful and optimistic while studying at home.

  1. Hang in there

Lots of distractions, little structure, no lecturers to keep you focused: when you're at home, it's hard to motivate yourself to study. What can you do to make it easier for yourself?

  • Start the day as you normally would. Get dressed, have breakfast and walk around your house or neighbourhood to your 'school', if that helps you to switch from home to study-mode. By doing this, your housemates will also see that you are studying and can't be constantly disturbed.
  • Plan your study times, for example from 9:00 – 12:00 and from 13:00 – 16:00. You can do this in the agenda on your computer or on an A4 sheet. Pop you head out of your window once in a while or get some fresh air on your balcony or in your garden. Take breaks, just because you can.
  • Reward yourself with something fun - for example a stroll, a phone call or a healthy snack - when you have completed part of an assignment.
  • Make it a competition with yourself so that you get into a flow: try to challenge yourself each time by staying focused a little longer than the last time.
  • Don't blame yourself if it doesn't work out some days.
  • Ask for help if you get stuck with an assignment: don’t struggle unnecessarily alone. For example, get in touch with the language coaches at Student Affairs for language-related support: A-Z list > Language Consultation.
  1. Stay focused

At home, it’s harder to stay focused when studying online compared to when you’re learning on campus. A pleasant study space is therefore important. Do you also have trouble concentrating? Check out these concentration tips . This site offers a test and tips for improving your concentration.

  1. You are not alone

At the moment you can't stop by someone's house, hang out at a café, visit your student association or get together with friends. Festivals and other parties are cancelled. Perhaps this makes you feel lonely. How can you counteract that loneliness? There are all kinds of initiatives available (in Dutch) to help and support you via the phone or online.

  1. Maintain an overview

Especially during this home-study period, it is important to have structure and to make a plan for studying. This makes it easier to stay focused. Easier said than done, if you have to do it all by yourself. Take a look at these Study Tips in the Time of Corona and Study Skills resources. You can also contact the student counsellor if you have any questions about this.

  1. Studying with a disability

A disability can make remote learning extra challenging. On mijnhva.nl you will find more information in the A-Z list under Studying with a disability . You can also always contact the student counsellor

If you experience problems related to digital accessibility, please send an email to Larissa Klaassen, l.l.klaassen@hva.nl, the AUAS accessibility expert.

  1. Corona stress

How do you deal with this situation? How do you make sure that you don't get too carried away by everything that is happening around you right now, being overwhelmed with stress and anxiety? The online Mirro modules may help you (in Dutch). Or you can seek peace of mind through mindfulness

  1. DUO is here to help

Are you facing financial problems and do you currently receive student financing? Immerse yourself in the possibilities offered by DUO during the corona crisis. You can find information on this DUO page and in the questions and answers section (Q&A is only in Dutch).

If you’re having trouble paying your tuition fees, then you can contact the service desk of the AUAS Administrative Center: AC service desk: 020 595 1404 or servicedesk-ac@hva.nl.

Published by  Communication 22 April 2020