Tips for studying at home | ECSA

Tips for studying at home

Study Tips

  • Get into a routine - preferably one that includes getting up at a regular time and getting dressed and ready for the day. These tips are regularly given by people who work from home, as staying in your pyjamas all day can reduce your productivity.
  • Organise a study space for yourself where you can sit comfortably and have everything infront of you that you will need (that isn't your bed - this can significantly impact your sleep quality!)
  • If you don't live alone, have a discussion with people you share space with about what you need whilst studying - eg. if you prefer having background noise or not.
  • Do your best to treat online classes as you would with face-to-face classes: do any preparation work that is required, take notes and contribute to any discussion, and review your work regularly.
  • If anything to do with your teaching is unclear, get in touch with your lecturer to gain a better understanding of what is happening and what is expected.
  • Stay connected with your lecturers and classmates, through whatever channel works best for you all. Some suggestions would be Google Meet, Zoom, or Skype.
  • Take regular breaks and look after yourself. We have some tips for how to keep yourself happy and healthy during lockdown below.

Physical Health

  • Get the facts about your risk level and how to take precautions. Use credible sources to get information, such as WHO (World Health Organisation) website, or the NHS Inform website
  • Wash your hands regularly, and make sure you keep your surroundings clean
  • Go for a walk
  • Maintain a healthy diet where possible - if you have kids, get them to help prepare and cook the food
  • Workout at home: whether it's lifting weights, following a Youtube fitness video, or doing some yoga



Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Notice how you're feeling, including any anxious thoughts
  • Use grounding techniques
  • Limit the time you and your family spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage
  • Try to stick to your normal daily schedule: for example getting dressed in the morning, mealtimes, work/study hours and bedtimes. Take time in the morning and afternoon to do your usual "commute" by going for a walk or a cycle - this will help you stay fit as well.
  • Meditate, even if it's just for a couple of minutes
  • Set yourself small, manageable tasks, such as making the bed or washing the dishes after you eat
  • Call, message or facetime friends and family to keep in contact
  • Do activities that you enjoy (or try some new ones!) eg. reading, jigsaws, knitting, etc.
  • Have a Netflix Party with your friends (all watch at the same time from separate houses)
  • Limit the time you and your family spending watching or listening to upsetting media coverage.
  • Check the information put out by the NHS through NHS Inform
  • Reach out if you are struggling. This could be to a specific support organisation, through one of our student societies, or to someone you know. There are loads of links to support organisations, and to our societies at the bottom of this page!

Boredom Busters

  • Have a wardrobe clear out - you could donate any items you don't want to a local charity shop so they can get a new home
  • Do some spring cleaning
  • Bake your favourite sweet snack
  • Practice cooking some new recipes
  • Encourage them to talk about how they feel
  • Find out the answers to any questions they have together, using reputable sources
  • Maintain routines, but try not to enforce too strict a schedule
  • Incorporate learning into fun household activities such as cooking, DIY, and cleaning
  • Check out online learning resources
  • Talk and spend quality time together. If you have more than one child, try to spend alone time with each child.

Working at home with children Learning resources

Sustainability tips

Check your heating controls and timers are suitable to the current time of year and weather - no point paying for more heating than you need!

Turn lights off in rooms you aren't using (include the one you are using if you've got a good amount of natural light coming in)

Do a closet clear-out and donate any unwanted clothes and household items to a local charity shop

Get some fresh air by going out on a walk and setting yourself the challenge to litterpick in your local area (even if that does just involve picking up a few items through a reusable bag and disposing of them correctly)

Try out some new (or tried-and-tested) plant based recipes

If you're buying any new cleaning products, why not opt for more eco-friendly ones? Or look up how to make your own!

Support Organisations

Website Phone
LGBT Youth Scotland 0131 555 3940
Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council 0131 556 0441
Woman's Aid 0131 315 8110
Fast Forward 0131 554 4300
Who Cares Scotland 0141 226 4441
The Junction 0131 553 0570
Artlink 0131 229 3555
The Trussell Trust 01722 580 180
NHS Inform
NHS 24 111
Young Scot 0808 801 0338
Edinburgh Trams 0131 338 5780
Lothian Buses 0131 554 4494
ScotRail 0344 811 0141
Traveline Scotland 0871 200 22 3
Shelter Scotland 0808 800 4444
Crisis 0131 209 7700
Rock Trust 0131 557 4059
Living Rent
Perfect Solutions 07946381886
Support In Mind 0131 662 4359
SamH 0141 530 1000
Penumbra 0131 221 9607
Health In Mind 0131 225 8508
NightLine 0131 557 4444
Samaritans 116123
Edinburgh Crisis Centre 0808 010 414
Breathing Space 0800838587
Andy's Man Club
The Ampersand Project
C:Card (free condoms) 0131 536 1070
Healthy Respect 0131 536 1520
The Chalmers Centre (Lothian Sexual Health)
Crew 2000 0131 220 340