How can we help you learn?

Here are some tips on how to manage your physical and emotional wellbeing as an online learner. If you're struggling or want some additional advice and strategies, don't be afraid to reach out to the student advisor team!

Create boundaries

While it can be difficult, creating clear boundaries between study and home life will help you to manage your mental and emotional wellbeing. 

The most effective way to achieve balance is to set up a workstation that you use solely for study. Ideally, you’ll have a desk and a comfortable chair in a space away from distractions. 

Make sure that your workspace is well-lit and as tidy and organised as possible, as this will help with your stress levels. If you are studying in a space that is used for other purposes, pack up your workstation at the end of the day. This will help you and your whānau make a clear distinction between study time and leisure time. If you have a home office, only go in during hours you have set aside for study or work. 

Woman at desk with laptop

Make a Schedule

Whether you’re studying for the first time, or learning alongside other professional and personal commitments, it’s important to plan ahead and organise your time carefully. Decide when you’ll study each day in advance if you can, and don’t forget to set aside time for family, exercise, relaxation and pursuing your hobbies and other interests.  

Weekly schedule template

Study Safely

According to WorkSafe New Zealand, spending a lot of the day seated can lead to strains and injuries. Here are some strategies to help you stay healthy if you’re spending large amounts of the day at a desk or sitting in one place. 

  • Take regular breaks. Try to interrupt computer use and time at your desk with tasks that will get you moving, such as hanging out the washing, doing the dishes, or taking an exercise break. 
  • If you’re sitting down for an extended period of time, build regular, short pauses (micropauses) into your work by taking a moment to stretch; taking your hands from the keyboard and hanging your arms by your side; totally relaxing your shoulders, arms, hands and fingers; and looking away from your screen to focus on an object in the distance. 
  • WorkSafe and ACC have produced a guide on how to prevent computer-related health issues. The guide includes information on how to set up a safe work-space and use a computer safely. 
Desk and chair