Nine nifty ways to study remotely

This article was last updated on 15 May 2020.

Hello! My name is Ibrahim Mohammed. I am a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, an award-winning educational influencer and an A-Level Tutor. Before Cambridge, I was nothing but a young boy from Hackney with a passion for helping my community.

During lockdown I have been studying for my law conversion exams and thought I would share some fun tips on how to study and learn from home!

Ibrabhim Mohammed

Ibrahim's tips on how to study remotely

1. Find your online study community

As we are currently stuck in the same study environments, I think it’s important to bring some variety to the spaces we work in. There's a growing number of StudyTubers you can find online. StudyTubers are online personalities that create videos about studying effectively and share top tips on how to achieve top grades. Lots of StudyTubers during the lockdown have been hosting live videos where you can study with them in a silent and productive environment, along with thousands of others watching. It feels like a big community of students working hard together.

2. Make your own virtual study group

Some of us like to study in big groups and a way of doing this virtually could be creating your own virtual study space with friends. Everyone keeps their microphones muted in a video conference call, where you keep each other accountable. I suggest you take breaks every 25 minutes, for 5 minutes, where you have a cup of tea and catch up on virtual gossip.

3. Create your own fun quizzes

A fun way to learn and revise is through online quizzes. Whilst many are taking up pub-style quizzes online, why not create your own education quizzes with your classmates to test each other’s knowledge?

4. Improve your maths and baking skills in one go

Maths practice is really important to keep working on because it involves a lot of memory skills. ‘How can we make this more exciting…?’ Well, you could create a project for yourself using baking to present ratios or percentages. Use fractions to explain how much of each ingredient you need, use percentages to work out who gets what portion! Write it all up and present your results with slices of cake for your family!

5. Go from reality TV to educational TV

A lot of us have been watching a tonne of TV and film content recently, but have you considered trying to watch more informative programmes? You could try documentaries on foreign cultures or the environment. To improve your langauge skills, try switching the audio of your favourite shows to French, or putting the subtitles on (come on bilingualism, yasss!).

6. Keep a record of your days

Keeping on top of work and staying organised has become difficult, but I have found keeping a diary to document my days and reflect on my progress can be a fun way to relax. You can turn it into an exercise to practice your writing by experimenting with new writing styles each day or writing for difference audiences.

7. Listen to new podcasts

I am really enjoying podcasts on my daily walks. I like to listen to informative news programmes that improve my understanding of the world around me. You can find podcasts on anything from Geography to what Rihanna wore at the Met Gala…so it can be a great way to learn some fun facts.

8. Train your memory

Testing yourself through memory recall can be one of the most effective ways to learn. Recently, I decided to record myself presenting a topic I had revised through answering questions from note cards. The camera meant I was practising my presentation and communication skills alongside testing my knowledge.

9. Develop a social media network

Finally, if you're over 13, you can make a private social media account for you and your friends where you can make fun posts and videos about your topic. You can take it in turns to upload! Post memes about Algebra alongside actual practice questions that you can all have a go at answering This can work for almost any subject.

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