It can be very hard to focus on your schoolwork with everything that is happening in the world. Be kind to yourself, and recognize that you’re doing the best that you can. Here are a few suggestions that might be helpful:

  • Take a break from the news. While it is important to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in the world, it’s important to maintain a calm space for yourself. Try to manage distractions by checking updates and notifications less frequently, leaving them until you have finished some of your academic work.
  • Connect with other people by phone, video calls, or other means. Social distancing, quarantine and isolation is a good idea in terms of your and others’ physical health, but it can hurt your emotional health if you don’t make an effort to connect in other ways. Spend time online or on the phone with friends and family, or do low-risk activities with someone like taking a walk or other shared activities. Moving study groups online can let you maintain your community and get work done: working remotely doesn’t have to mean working alone.
  • Take time to care for yourself. Eat well, hydrate, sleep, move and do things that give you joy: all of these have major effects on our mental health and wellbeing. Having these activities as something you can look forward to will help you manage better.
  • Share your experience: In light of the COVID-19 crisis and our mission to support students, the Innovation Hub, on behalf of the Division of Student Life, is launching Stories from a Distance: Being Together While Apart. This is a virtual space University of Toronto students and alumni can join to connect with one another, share stories, and take part in supportive activities.


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Finding balance

Study Hacks

The Balancing Act: School & Life

YouTube video transcript:

  1. Work smarter not harder: What time and location works best for you to study? Find the "sweet spots" when and where you are the most productive! 
  2. Hobbies matter: Revisit old hobbies, or discover new ones by joining a U of T club. Students with activities outside of class perform better academically. 
  3. Practice self care: You matter. Care for yourself: eat healthy meals, exercise and take breaks. 
  4. Build your U of T Community: Connect with peers, professors, mentors, clubs and societies.

Breathing meditation

Join Soroosh for a 5 minute breathing meditation to help you pause and find a moment to relax during stressful times.

Apps and assistive technology

Students who experience disability-related barriers in their coursework may receive academic accommodations including the support of assistive technologies. Please contact Accessibility Services for more information.


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