Many universities, including Sheffield Hallam University and Brunel University, have already announced a blended learning approach for the new semester. With a recent survey showing that 9 out of 10 universities are planning a similar approach, it is safe to assume that you will have more face to face classes this semester. The question is: Are you fully prepared for the new year? Safety guidelines and social distancing rules will not disappear just because your university is open. Therefore, there are a few things you should do to be prepared for face to face lectures this upcoming year.
1. Follow The Government Safety Guidelines
The UK government is already slowly reopening public areas, schools, universities, etc. As a student studying in the UK, it is important to be aware of your responsibilities as a member of society and follow the plan as much as possible. The UK plan states that you are allowed to gather with up to 6 people in a public area; however, you still have to keep a 2-meter distance between yourself and others. Also, you can go shopping; but it is better to shop with people living in the same household. You are also required to wear a facemask in public transportation and closed spaces. Further information about the social distancing plan can be found here. Make sure you read this as you prepare for the new semester.
2. Learn About Your University Counseling Services
Mental health during the current situation is amongst the top priorities of many universities as the restrictions students will face could increase their stress and anxiety levels. Almost all universities host online counselling sessions or meditation sessions to help you reduce stress, anxiety and any negative feelings. Durham University offers remote sessions that you can plan yourself with a simple email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, Mindfulness society in Cambridge offers scheduled meditation sessions and counselling sessions when needed. You can simply sign up for any of the sessions through the website. Other universities also offer similar services, so ask around to stay informed.
3. Workout at Home
With most gyms still unable to reopen, it is essential to prepare your body for the new year with a bunch of fun workouts. You might have had to stay at home for a while, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect your body. Staying fit will help you mentally and physically prepare for the new semester. If you are not sure what types of exercises to do, simply use your phone to download some of the fitness apps available. To get a list of the Top Fitness Apps, you can check out our blog “ 6 Fitness Apps You Should Try at Your Student Home.”
4. Learn to Cook at Home
Restaurants are amongst the businesses that are not operating normally any time soon, and with only collection or home delivery available, your food choices are limited most of the time. Moreover, fast food is not the best option for your body during this time; you need nutritional meals to concentrate on your daily schedule. Therefore, a lunchbox is your best bet for a good meal or a snack outside the house. It contains your own blends of flavours, and you can eat it outside. If you are not a good chef, there are always apps that could help you learn and improve your culinary skills. Check out our “Learn to Cook from Online Cooking Apps” blog for suggestions on the best apps you could use to learn.
5. Track Your Lesson Schedule
A blended learning approach means that you will have to deal with both on-campus lectures and online lectures. Usually, it is easy to prioritize assignments given in person and push the online assignments to the back of your head, so always remember that online assignments are graded as well. Use a planner and a reminder app to keep track of your lectures and assignments. Check out our 7 Must-Have Student Mobile Apps blog for a good time management app. Also, read through some of our recommended time management tips and tricks here, they are bound to benefit you.
Finally, it is important to develop a habit of following the latest news about the country you live in or are about to move to. Ask around your student accommodation for a daily newspaper subscription you can sign up for; your student housing manager could help you with that. Most universities will keep you updated on any schedule changes via email, so make sure to check your inbox as regularly as possible.