4 Tips for Students Who Travel While Studying Remotely
The pandemic has brought about many challenges, with online studying being the main one for students. But while many struggled with procrastination and the temptation to study in bed, some saw it as an opportunity. Who said that studying remotely meant the same as studying from home? For many students all across the globe, this has turned into an adventure.
This is truly an incredible opportunity to be able to attain higher education while also working in or exploring a new country. But of course, it still comes with a few challenges of its own. In this article, we will explore some common problems traveling students face and share tips on solving them.
Use All the Help You Can Get
Indeed, you went to a different country being perfectly aware that you still need to study. But exploring a new place is such a fascinating activity, and you can simply forget about your main goal. Still, the importance of higher ed cannot be overstated. So, what do you do if you got so involved in observing a foreign culture you didn’t notice all the essay deadlines pile up? Get help, of course!
Having a fast essay writing service in one’s bookmarks is of paramount importance to every student. Being able to delegate the least important papers to an academic help website will free up your time and give you some space to breathe. Not to mention the fact that the papers are written by true pros, and ordering one can even help you learn a topic you might’ve missed. So, it’s truly a learning opportunity.
Apart from the online service, you have your trusty peers. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your friends from college. Keeping your network of connections up and running can turn out to be helpful if you miss a class or get sick. If you happen to skip a lecture, having a friend who you can ask for class notes is imperative.
Become a Planning Pro
Having a clear plan is significant for all aspects of your life. When it comes to studying, it’s not optional but rather unavoidable. Have you ever tried keeping your entire schedule with all the classes, deadlines, and professors’ names in your head? It’s barely possible, let alone practical. Especially if you are traveling and your head is busy with the new country’s history or sights to see.
Whether you want it or not, you will have to write things down to organize your life better. So, why not do it right? If you’re a visual or kinesthetic learner, get a planner. A notebook or a calendar that hangs off the wall will work just fine. Then, you guessed it, write down all your classes, assignments, and deadlines in that planner. Set reminders for each assignment one week prior. If you tend to procrastinate, set another reminder a few days before.
Such a strategy will allow you to see every one of your assignments and plan properly. Although, if you don’t like writing things by hand, use one of these handy apps:
- My Study Life;
- Google/Apple Calendar.
One more thing, though. Don’t forget to fit rest into your tight schedule because if you don’t, you’re highly likely to burn out. If that happens, no amount of exploration can save you. Keep track of your mental health and check in with your therapist if needed. Burnouts tend to come unexpectedly, and it’s best to know the signs to look out for.
On the topic of planning, you can use the same organization apps above to plan your itinerary. Don’t schedule a trip to a different city on the same day as an important test. Think ahead, and don’t let your travel plans get ruined because you forgot you had an essay due.
Backup Your Files
Having a solid Internet connection should be number one on the list of your requirements whenever you’re choosing your next destination. While that is rarely an issue in the modern world, unexpected things do happen. You can steer off-course, or your laptop can crash. And if you had all your files on that laptop, well, you’re screwed. But if you have a hard drive or a cloud storage account where all your files are duplicated automatically, you’re good to go.
Make sure that you get a local SIM card with unlimited Internet and the possibility to share it with other devices. This way, even if you do end up somewhere you didn’t expect to, you can still tune in to your class using your mobile Internet.
Always have a plan B if you happen to run out of data or your connection is bad. Research a place you’re going to beforehand and look for global chain restaurants or coffee shops like Starbucks. Those are most likely to have good Wi-Fi. And if you stand against big corporations, just go there, connect to Wi-Fi, and look for a cozier spot to hang out.
Save Your Lectures
Another benefit brought about by the remote education model is the fact that many professors have started to record their own lectures. If you missed a class, you can ask your tutor to send you the lecture. Not only will you learn this way, but you will also show your interest and earn cookie points from your tutor.
This can also be a powerful revision medium. Not only will you refresh the lecture in your mind, but you can also spot some details you’ve missed the first time. Those details can save you during the test.
Traveling while studying is surely tempting. And while studying from a beach is certainly more appealing than from a dorm room, this mode of education comes with its challenges too. So, with all the pros and cons, plan your potential getaway and think a few steps ahead to always be on top of your studies.
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