Online classes during Covid-19: Want to get better results? These are the top tips for success in your online classes in 2021.
- Treat your classes as a job
- Choose carefully where you study
- Track your internet use
- Be kind
Another semester, another year! The pandemic has made things a lot more difficult for students this year. Many students find themselves in online classes even though they have only attended in-person classes once. While the content is the same, it can be difficult to adapt to this new way of learning.
There is hope for those who are currently enrolled in online courses and have difficulty. We’ll be sharing tried-and-true tips from past students to help you succeed in virtual classes.
Treat your classes like a job
You may feel less formal because you don’t have the commute to attend classes in person. This can be a good thing. Avoid doing schoolwork in bed or in your pajamas to increase your commitment and motivation. also sets clear boundaries about when it’s appropriate to work and when it’s best to live. You shouldn’t mix them!
If you are enrolled in a full-time program, for example, it is a good idea to keep a 9 am-5 pm home schedule for your coursework. Start your day at 9 am and work until 5 pm. This is a great way for you to keep your commitment to your work, and leave your school. If you are a workaholic with no set schedule, you may have difficulty putting your school aside and risk burnout.
Choose carefully where you study
It’s easy to concentrate when you are in a lecture. There’s very little to do except pay attention to the teacher. Online learning can be full of distractions. Online learning can be difficult if you are living with others. You may find yourself trying to learn while they cook, chat with their children, or watch TV. It can be difficult to concentrate when there is so much noise!
Avoid common areas to find quiet places to study at home. Your bedroom is a better option than the kitchen or living room. Although office space is ideal, not everyone has the luxury of such an environment. Choose a location to study in your own home that is quiet and has minimal foot traffic.
Track your internet use
The greatest barrier to online learning is the accessibility to virtual distractions. You can’t focus if you are simultaneously watching an online lecture and receiving message notifications. To avoid distractions from your focus, set your laptop to “Do Not Disturb”
It’s also a good idea to keep your lecture and/or assignment on full screen while you are working. You could end up with extra screen space you don’t need, which can lead to you losing focus and allowing social media or news sites to take over. You can narrow your focus by removing extra browsing space.
This is the last and most important piece of advice. Do not judge yourself. It is difficult to transition from traditional classroom learning to online education. It’s OK to be less productive than usual or have trouble staying motivated. That’s normal. Take care of yourself.
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