Practicing New Study Habits

Remote learning will require a different approach to studying

Motivation and reducing distractions are key. Time management is essential. Remind yourself what you are trying to accomplish. What do you need to get done today? Tomorrow? This week? This quarter? We know that it is hard with all of the uncertainty, but try to stay motivated.

Calculate what it takes using this study formula.

Not sure where to begin with a different approach? Take this short "Where Do I Start?" quiz from Oregon State University! For a full directory of their resources, visit their Learning Corner page.

The downsides of multitasking and microtasking

Assignments take longer - Each time you come back to an assignment (from Instagram for example), you have to get familiar with it, find your spot, remember what you were going to do next, etc.

You’re more likely to make mistakes - Distractions and switching between tasks tires out the brain.

You’ll remember less - When your brain is divided, you’re less able to commit what you’re learning to long-term memory (because it doesn’t get encoded properly into your brain).

What to do instead

  • Focus on one thing at a time.

  • When you need to study something important, consider The Magic of Monotasking.

  • Take breaks between tasks. It’s important to move around at least once every hour. You can set an alarm as a reminder.

  • Consider the “pomodoro method” to help you focus for 25- or 50-minute periods and then reward yourself with 5- or 10-minute breaks.

Here are a series of videos prepared by staff at Cerro Coso Community College on preparing for the online classroom experience:

Create a virtual learning community


Consider creating a virtual learning community to help you stay accountable. Your peers can help you learn the material and you can mutually support each other staying on track.

  • Stay in touch using Google.groups, sending a group text or using online apps such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, GroupMe, WhatsApp, or however you’d like.

  • Meet regularly and set a purpose for your meetings.

  • Articulate clear timelines and deadlines.

  • Help each other monitor progress.

  • Listen, be empathetic, generous, and kind. We are all in this new learning environment together.

Adapted from "Adjusting Your Study Habits with COVID", from the Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan.

Science & Engineering Library Reservable Study Space


Beginning on February 16, 2021 the University Library will offer currently registered students who live on or off campus reservable individual quiet study spaces with access to power/WiFi in the Science & Engineering Library. The S&E Library study space will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Students may reserve the individual spaces for up to 4-hours by using the library resource reservation system at: https://guides.library.ucsc.edu/studycenter.

Students who use the Science & Engineering Library study space must be registered with the Student Health Center for COVID-19 symptom screenings/testing and present a GREEN Health e-Messenger Badge before entering. Once inside students are required to wear masks at all times, observe physical distancing and wipe down study space surfaces with provided disinfectant supplies before/after use. The S&E Library study spaces do not include access to library collections or other physical resources, public computing/printing, classrooms, offices or group study rooms. Questions or feedback regarding the S&E Library study space can be submitted to: library@ucsc.edu.

Soothe Yourself with Music

If your home environment is not quiet enough, try to using Lo Fi music to help you study, workout, and focus.