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Fighting Fatigue While Learning From Home

By Therealsupermum @TheRealSupermum

Fighting Fatigue While Learning From Home


At home educational programs have many benefits. They allow individuals to learn at their own pace, set their own hours and make education work with a busy career and family life. While there are many reasons to pursue an online degree, there are also challenges that come into play.

One of the biggest challenges that online students face is fatigue. Trying to manage a challenging curriculum after a hectic day with family or at the office is difficult, but implementing some basic tips can help.


  • Rest:
    A good night’s sleep is important and it will aid you in your efforts to remain productive while you are learning. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep a night and, if need be, try to incorporate a short nap into your day. Adequate rest will enhance your focus and prepare your mind to retain the information you need to learn.
  • Focus:
    When you are sitting at a computer for a long period of time, it is easy for the mind to wander. A wandering mind is a tired mind and one that cannot focus, therefore, it is important to do what you can to stay focused and prevent learning fatigue from setting in.


Allow yourself some time to work through the events of the day before you begin to study, and promise yourself that you will not concentrate on those events after that period of time has come to an end. If you do find that your day is creeping up on you, causing you to lose focus and become fatigued, take a break and begin to work on your education plan again at a later time.

  • Environment:
    An environment that is conducive to studying will prevent you from becoming over tired during your learning sessions. That is why it is important to prepare your environment in advance of your online schooling sessions. Make sure that you have a quiet space to work in and fill that space with a good amount of light. Temperature is also important, so make sure that your room is either too hot or too cold.
  • Make Studying Interactive:
    Sometimes studying and learning must be done in a solitary setting, but sometimes opportunities are presented offering a more social environment. Take advantage of social opportunities including chat rooms, cyber study sessions, and bulletin boards. When an environment is interactive, it feels fun. When you are having fun while you learn, you are less likely to fall asleep.
  • Take Breaks:
    No matter how diligent you are about studying hard and feeling refreshed during your learning sessions, you will feel tired from time to time. When those times come, it is time to take a break. Take 15 minutes to walk away from your computer, get some fresh air or find a drink of water. After a much needed break, you will return to your computer renewed and ready to work.
  • Hydration:
    If you are dehydrated, you cannot function at full capacity. In order to prevent this from becoming a problem while participating in your cyber-learning course, make sure to drink plenty of water. Water refreshes the body and rejuvenates the mind. Consuming eight glasses a day is recommended, and it will decrease feelings of fatigue while you are learning.
  • Protein and Carbohydrates:
    Everyone loves a snack while they study so when you decide to munch, make it a healthy snack. Complex carbohydrates and healthy proteins fuel the body and give you energy. In contrast, sugary snacks drain the body and promote exhaustion. Peanut butter on toast, legumes, and fruit or a whole grain sandwich and glass of milk are wonderful snacking options to consider.


There are many benefits to choosing an at home educational course. There are also challenges that you must overcome. Feeling exhausted while you are trying to learn is one of the biggest challenges you will face as an online student, but it is not impossible to overcome. By implementing some of the strategies presented here, you can stay alert while achieving your educational goals.

Alex Stanton is a business writer comparing different online mba courses to better inform his readers of their options.

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