If you’re reading this, it’s not too late. Yes, we’re standing by that, even if it is 10 PM and your classmates have finished their homework for the day. If you’re looking for a guide to getting you through the next hour (and the next time you find yourself in this position), as well as other resources you can use to help you manage your productivity, you’ve come to the right place!
What you should do now:
1. Keep distractions to a minimum.
By distractions, we mean anything that can put you out of the zone. Turn off your Wi-Fi (or if you can’t do that, turn on Do Not Disturb for both your phone and laptop), quit Spotify, create a new Word document, and start studying. Pro tip: write now, edit later!
Most importantly, let your roomies know that you’re on a strict deadline. Co-living doesn’t have to come at a cost when you’re able to communicate properly with everyone who shares your co-living space!
2. Break everything down (except yourself).
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can break down large projects into smaller, easier-to-do tasks that you can accomplish one by one.
Use Notion’s progress tracker (available for mobile and PC) to help you do this, especially when you’re working with a group. Share your page with your members and have them write down each task they’re responsible for, then watch as each task goes from in-progress to complete while you’re working on your own assignments.
Bitrix24 (available for mobile and PC) is a free alternative to Notion, which requires you to upgrade to the personal pro plan to invite more than five people to your page, which may be difficult for large project groups.
3. Check Wikipedia and other reliable sources.
If there’s anything harder to cram, it’s looking for sources on a deadline. Fortunately for you, Wikipedia exists. Yes, Wikipedia – or to be exact, the references at the end of its page. Don’t believe us? Look through anyone’s Wikipedia page (or use ctrl + F to look for any keywords), click the floating numbers that appear at the end of most sentences, and copy the link it leads you to. If you think it can’t get any better than this, know that all Wikipedia references are in APA format.
If you’re looking for academic journals to reference in your paper, check out Google Scholar, which compiles journals on almost any topic under the sun. Search for keywords that are relevant to your paper, click the quotation mark icon, and choose your reference from MLA, APA, and other formats.
What you should do next time:
4. Start early, end early.
While this can be pretty obvious, it’s easy to keep yourself distracted both on and offline until you look up and realize you’ve wasted half of your day. If you can, set time limits on the apps you find yourself using the most, or get your roomies to give you the old-fashioned reminder – after all, sharing the student co-living experience is all about keeping each other accountable.
5. Start study groups with your roomies.
If you don’t live in a co-living rental space with other roomies at the moment, you can try using Discord (available for mobile and PC) to either join existing study groups with fellow students or create study groups with your roomies! If you’re in charge of creating the server, make sure to add a separate voice channel for talking and studying.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to co-live right now, you can invite them to study together whenever tests are coming up for all of you! After all, study groups are better when you’ve got Grab Food (available for mobile and PC), BFF Fries on the way, and friends to share them with.
While it’s important for students to stay productive, mostly for the peace of mind you get when you clear out your to-do list, it’s equally important to take a break every now and then. Don’t make yourself do work when you don’t feel like it, especially if you’re feeling unwell. Rentalbee wishes you good luck, roomies!