The current COVID-19 situation is changing the way that we work. Many people are now required to study online from home. For many people this will be the first time that they have study from home for a prolonged period.
Studying online from home brings with it many challenges including:
- Feelings of isolation.
- Remaining motivated.
- Adapting to new technology and methods.
- Adapting material and meetings for online purposes.
- Ensuring access for people with a disability that require it.
- Learning new technology and platforms.
- Fear and anxiety caused by COVID-19
- Frustrations when connectivity impacts on productivity.
It is worth noting that lecturers and teaching staff may be experiencing similar feelings of anxiety and frustration as students might be feeling. For many of them online delivery will be a new experience and the COVID-19 issues will also be impacting on resilience. It is important that patience, flexibility and empathy are shown by all.
With this in mind, we have provided a number of links and tips to assist you to adjust to this new studying online from home environment. We hope these tips and articles can assist you to adapt to this new environment to allow you some self-maintenance and a smooth online learning experience.
Head to Health - COVID-19 This site provides helpful information about maintaining good mental health, in particular the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying informed with credible information, staying positive an remembering that this will pass, and accessing support when you need it.
Aus Mental Health - Youtube COVID-19 Mental health organisations, experts and leaders have come together to launch #InThisTogether – a national conversation that everyone can join in on, sharing practical tips online to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during COVID-19.
ReachOut - COVID-1 ReachOut, has free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) support for young Australians and their parents to help them stay well when it comes to their mental health.
Headspace - COVID-19 Headspace provides information to support young people affected by stress related to COVID-19, including common reactions such as fear and anxiety, anger, frustration and confusion, sadness, and denial. They provide tips on how to deal with these feelings as well as a range of help services you can access.
DSS - COVID-19 Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy recipients, in addition to some other income support recipients, are eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement. This is an extra $550 per fortnight, starting from 27th April 2020 for 6 months.
Study in Australia - COVID-19 Info for International Students Information for international students studying in Australia
thedesk This program is available for Australian Tertiary students to improve their wellbeing and continue their studies effectively. There are four modules, how to stay calm, be more productive and improve your relationships and wellbeing.
The Be Well Plan program supports users to investigate wellbeing strategies to improve overall mental health. This usually costs $320 but it has been made free and available online to help support mental health during COVID-19.
FACE COVID – How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis This short video provides tools and strategies to help alleviate fear and anxiety that has developed as a result of COVID-19. It also provides practical steps to support you to deal with COVID-19.
Please contact us if you know of other useful resources that could be added to this page.