Studying During Lockdown

March 29, 2021 by Ashlee Hunter

Everything is stressful during this pandemic and studying is no exception. Preparing for IELTS can be challenging on the best of days, so having the right tools can make all the difference.

Stick to a Schedule

Days seem to blend together during a pandemic. The best strategy is to set a study schedule. Having a schedule will push you to stay focused. Once you have a schedule, treat it like work. Go every day and don’t be late! Also, make sure to schedule breaks to keep your mind fresh.

If you live with other people, work together to make the best schedule for everyone. You need quiet time, so studying while others are away may be best. If this is not possible, make sure everyone knows when you’re studying, so they can be quiet.

Set a Routine

Along with a schedule, you need to have a routine. Creating a routine for the day can take away some unwanted stress. It will also keep you focused and less likely to put off studying. Get dressed, have breakfast, study, and repeat. Having a routine also mentally prepares you for the day ahead.

Clear Space, Clear Mind

During a pandemic, a lot of time is spent at home. Make sure you have a designated study space that is clean and only has the tools you need for studying. It shouldn’t be cluttered with distractions such as magazines, dishes, and other things you don’t use for studying. When your study space is clean, you can focus more on the task at hand. This space should also be separate from other places in the house. Your study space shouldn’t be your couch or dining table.

woman at laptop in window

All Focus, No Distractions

When spending the majority of your time at home, staying focused can be a challenge. Use whatever tools you need to make sure you are focused during study time. Some people like using headphones. Others like soothing background music. Whatever helps you get focused, use it!

Go Virtual

When lockdown limits your options, the internet opens up a world of possibilities. Practice your speaking on apps such as Zoom. Study with friends in group chats. Ask any and all IELTS questions on different IELTS forums. You can always find a way to study, even during a pandemic.

Go Easy on Yourself

During these trying times, your goals may look a bit different. Stress is at an all-time high, so make sure you go easy on yourself. Set realistic goals when studying. You may want to set small goals to achieve every day or week; however, you may want to set a larger goal. If you do this, make sure you give yourself enough time to achieve this goal. When achieving goals, reward yourself. This can be something small like your favourite treat or something bigger like something for your home.

Physical and Mental Health is Crucial

The pandemic and lockdown have taken a serious toll on our health. When doing anything, taking care of your physical and mental health is crucial. Your schedule and routine should include exercise, sleep, and hobbies. You should try to do some type of exercise every day. This can be high energy exercise or something low-key like yoga or stretching. Make sure you get enough sleep at night. Sleep is the key to success when it comes to focusing. Along with exercise and sleep, you need to eat a healthy diet which includes drinking enough water. Finally, set aside time for your hobbies. Though they may look different during a pandemic, do something that you enjoy to keep stress at bay.

Studying during a pandemic can be a challenge, but having the right mindset, along with the right tools, can put you on the path to success. Even though things look a little different, you can still achieve your IELTS goals.



Ashlee has been involved in the ESL world for over ten years and has now planted her roots in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nothing gives her more pleasure than watching students and candidates reach their language and IELTS goals.

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