As schools around the world moved classes online, students everywhere are learning to adjust to studying at home–and everything that comes along with it.

Turning your living room into a classroom is no easy feat, especially if you’re sharing your newfound workspace with family or roommates. But don’t let this get you off track. Being a productive student at home has its challenges, but you can still transition to online classes and complete your courses without getting behind. A few simple tips can make a big difference.

Get in touch

If you have concerns, get in touch with your instructor. They’ve adjusted to distance learning too and understand the challenges. Many teachers have access to online resources that can help you.

Inside Higher Ed notes that instructors are keen to facilitate student-to-student communication during this transition. Many of your classmates are probably feeling overwhelmed and reaching out could be just the push they need to keep them on track too. Setting up an online study group keeps you in touch with the outside world and helps stave off procrastination. If you have kids, seek out others who do too-–they might want to meet online later, after putting the little ones to bed. Accommodate each others’ schedules when you can. There’s power  in numbers!

Embrace technology

The amount of resources available online to students today is unprecedented. Utilize as many of these technologies and platforms as possible. Don’t be self-conscious about being on camera–-this is the “new norm” for everyone, and a cameo from a toddler or a cat could be just the comic relief needed during a stressful study session.

Are you studying at home late? Maybe you finally just got the kids in bed or worked a long shift, and it’s the only time you have to study. Flux is a free download that makes your computer display’s brightness adapt to the time of day. The adjusted screen light can alleviate headaches, prevent eye strain, and help you get to sleep quicker after a late-night study session. offers creative resources for students (and teachers and parents!) adjusting to learning at home, including online flashcards and other platforms for rejuvenating your study techniques.

According to a report by Stanford University, multitasking decreases productivity and can impair your cognitive control. Eliminating distractions and disruptions at home will help you make the most of your study time. SelfControl is an app developed to limit your time on mail servers to keep you from being distracted by email while studying. NimbleWorks offers apps to keep you off social media during your allotted study time.

Keep your eye on the end-game and enjoy the process

The desire to attain your dreams got you started and can help your maintain your motivation. Approach your assignments, large and small, with conviction. Try organizing your time by identifying small, achievable goals that align with the big picture. Reward yourself as you go. Forgive yourself when you think you fall short, and practice thinking  long-range.

The bottom line is persevere, but have some fun. It is exciting and rewarding to be in school and pursue  your goals while learning new skills. Most importantly, enjoy the process, the opportunities and the unique experiences!