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Tips for creating a learning environment at home

Setting up a space to learn at home for extended periods may be completely new to you. Here are some tips to help you transition to learning at home.

  • Choose a space where you are able to sit and learn comfortably with minimum distractions, for an extended period of time.   
  • Check your internet connection is operating at the best it can be and your computer or laptop has enough power and is in good working order.  
  • Set up a suitable desk or table with space for your learning materials. Sit on a comfortable chair with a good posture, this is with your knees bent at 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor, keeping your lower back supported.  An adjustable chair will help if you're able to use one.  
  • Make sure your keyboard and computer are at the right height.  
  • Make sure your power and charging cords are safely out of the way and there’s no trip hazards.  
  • Remember the temperature and noise levels in the room could be a distraction.    
  • Establish a study schedule, take regular breaks away from the screen, stretch and walk around. 
  • Keep in contact with your lecturer, create study groups online and find ways to keep in touch with family and friends.

Some other suggestions for equipment

There are some other items that will be useful for your online learning, if you have access to them.

  • microphone, headphones    
  • a tablet or mobile device can also support learning   
  • printer