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To quarantine and chill or not?

To quarantine and chill or not?

Christianah B

15/04/2020

As universities and schools close and students are revising from home to stop the spread of coronavirus, you might be wondering how you can stay sane during quarantine. Revising from home can be challenging, especially if you’re used to the library shift routine, not to mention how distracting your family members, housemates or even your fridge can be. Here are some tips on how to stay sane and productive during quarantine.

Keep calm and carry on 

A key issue for law students is the uncertainty surrounding methods in which you’ll be assessed this summer, especially for those with class examinations. Although most university buildings on campus have closed as a result of coronavirus, you can still access support and guidance from your department. Most of your lecturers should be accessible via email and your course officers should communicate directly with you to outline their plans for the delivery of their programmes.

While you're waiting for an update, use this time to:

  • review and consolidate your notes;
  • read journal articles;
  • make cue cards;
  • create colourful mind maps; and
  • practise past papers.

Don’t be tempted to treat this as a spring break, simply keep calm and carry on!

Avoid revising in bed

We’re all guilty of doing this now and then but if you start working in bed you are likely to get sleepy or have a hard time feeling truly awake. Instead, get up and make your bed first thing in the morning, just like any other day. It’s important to maintain a routine. That means changing out of your pyjamas, washing your face, getting coffee – whatever makes you feel awake. Once you start revising, sit up and try to avoid your bed, unless that’s the only place you can get some privacy.

Exercise 

Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, and the concerns it is causing for the community, non-essential businesses remain temporarily closed, including gyms and fitness centres. Staying at home for prolonged periods can negatively effect an individual’s health, wellbeing and quality of life. Quarantine can also cause additional stress and challenge mental health, thus going for a walk or a light jog will help you to sustain good mental health and stay focused. 

Commercial awareness

This is the perfect time to research the predicted economic effects of coronavirus. Your Twitter feed is clogged up with updates anyway so it might be a good idea to put your commercial awareness hat on and explore the economic impact and fallout of this pandemic on financial markets and various sectors. For example, so far it has caused a demand slump which has lowered banks’ interest rates, massively affected the aviation industry (which was only just recovering from the effects of Storm Ciara), and strained hospitality and supply chains. This unprecedented situation has also effected the legal profession, resulting in training contract dates being delayed or pushed back, trainees on secondments instructed to stay where they are, as well as law firm staff being asked to work from home. While it may be distressing to read about such a worrying threat, being aware of what’s happening and identifying the industries or sectors that’ll be most affected is a key skill for an aspiring lawyer. 

Quarantine and chill 

The panic over coronavirus is already stressful enough and the last thing you want to worry about is how to Zoom call your tort lecturer or figure out how to use Adobe Connect. So remember to take a breather. Watch the new series of Money Heist. Paint your nails. Treat yourself to a face mask. But remember to leave some time for revision, which you can do in the luxury of your own home. Revising in comfort at home does, help many students to be more focused and efficient. 

And finally

Lockdown is already stressful and having to add quarantine or hospital admission can be life changing. However, try to remain positive in light of fake news and the myriad conspiracy theories. Look beyond the pandemic and strengthen your mind via your faith, meditation and other mind building activities. It is also a good time to reach out to friends and loved ones (virtually), build new relationships and cement fragile ones.