As the United States continues to combat and monitor the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans are working and learning from home than ever. Whether you've been nestled in your home office since March or recently transitioned to your new setup, take advantage of the following best practices to help you stay focused, comfortable, and productive while studying and completing assignments from home.
Get the Right Equipment
Think about the things you'll need to complete your coursework—go beyond the basics! Pretty much every recent laptop model has a webcam, but screen sizes can differ, which can be especially frustrating if you're a graphic design student. Reduce eye strain by purchasing a large monitor and blue-light blocking glasses. It may seem like a minor improvement, but using an external keyboard can also help reduce hand, wrist, and elbow pain. As a rule of thumb, when sitting in your chair you should be able to place your hands flat on your desk or table if you're using a thinner keyboard. Although it may seem easier to repurpose another chair currently sitting in your home, carefully consider seating that offers enough lumbar support and is the appropriate height for your study surface.