Klaudy: My studies online

08 March 2021
Head and shoulders crop of international student Kwan wearing black T shirt and glasses

This is Klaudy and I am going to share my experience of virtual study at Durham University International Study Centre.

Having a routine

A typical day begins when I wake up late in the morning, as my live tutorials take place at night (I am remotely studying in Hong Kong). After I wake up, I will file and organise my notes and take a quick look at my to-do list before I have lunch. The pre-lesson tasks and homework will be finished afterwards before live tutorials. I try my very best to make my weekends free from my studying, in order to have adequate rest and study-life balance.

Creating a balance

To study effectively takes much more than hard work. I write my to-do list and a clear schedule in order to get things done. I tend to finish the work at least a day before deadlines. On top of being organised, I think having study-life balance is vital. I spend at least half an hour a day on meditation and strive for adequate sleep. My weekends are spared for reading and rest so that I will not be too tired to study.

Finding support

On top of this, I would like to mention the extraordinary support provided by the International Study Centre. I am not really familiar with technologies these days, especially DUO (Durham University Online) and Microsoft Teams. The support team are always there and really helpful. We have drop-in sections when we are having our induction to get our problems solved, as well as live chat and email functions for us to get in touch. One time I got frustrated and nervous about being stuck with the login on Teams and I had a tutorial very soon, but the support team helped me to resolve it very soon and calm me down. On top of that, my academic personal tutor gives lots of helpful advice on studying in Durham and help to overcome stress.