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Help with studying online

Studying at home and/or online is different from studying at school. Instead of seeing your classmates every week, you are now figuring stuff out on your own. Check out our tips for online studying and collect ideas on how to create a rhythm and structure at home.

Take good care of yourself

Especially when you go outside less often and see less people, it is important to pay extra attention to your body and mind. Stay fit with these tips:

Balance

If you are responsible for your own daily schedule, you can quickly be tempted either to study for far too long, or to Netflix for far too long or to sleep in. Try to follow the 8-8-8 rule: 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work/study, 8 hours of relaxation. Use this as a guideline for the balance between rest, tension and relaxation.

Work-out @ home

Stay active! For example, check the OneFit Youtube-kanaal Working Out From Home. Every day at 17:00 they teach a class: from booty workouts to HIIT and yoga.

Instagram has plenty of inspiration. For example, check how Arie Boomsma gets creative with tea towels and toilet paper or join Shona Vertue in her daily yoga class.

Mental rest

Relax mentally as well from time to time. Mindfulness can be helpful in times of stress to keep calm. Apps such as Headspace and Smiling Mind and the online tool Therapieland are offering parts of their program free of charge.

Are you feeling extra stressful because of Corona? This brief animation illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the Corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it.

Also check out our own stress page or one of the online workshops such as ‘anxiety’ or ‘ sleeping problems’.

Are you suffering from any serious mental illness issues? Take action and seek (online) help. Contact your GP and/or take a first step online, for example with Betterhelp.com.

Entertain me

Studying on your own at home all day can get a little boring. Once you've played out Netflix, check out one of the 300 documentaries that IDFA has made available for free. Or have a fun afternoon and portray a work of art on Instagram @tussenkunstenquarantaine.

Don’t feel like looking at a screen? Podcasts are the perfect companion for a walk, cleaning or just relaxing for a moment. There is a huge collection of podcasts on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud, but here's a few that might be fun to start with:

  • Ted Radio Hour: Everyone knows the renowned TedxEvent and Tedtalks, and now there's a podcast! The podcast episodes are different Tedtalks about one topic taken together.
  • The Trypod: Famous for their Youtube Channel the Try Guys, these funny and laidback guys discuss pop culture and their adventures on Youtube and in the media world.
  • RuPaul What's The Tee Podcast: World famous drag queen RuPaul and his cohost Michelle Visage discuss everything and anything together and with famous guests from all walks of life.
  • The Journey: A Royal Dutch Airline based podcast that shares beautiful travel stories from all over the world.
  • Nothing Much Happens: Bed Time Stories For Grownups: A very relaxing podcast in which a narrator with a lovely voice talks you through something uneventful but nice, such as baking bread. The story is told twice, the second time slower and with more pauses, to help you relax and fall asleep.

Thanks to Inholland’s research group Study Success for tips and inspiration.

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