The school year has officially begun, although things do look quite a bit different this year. These tips should help you get started on the right foot, especially considering the shift to online learning.
Set aside a dedicated study space. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your couch or bed just don’t cut it. You need a study space that feels motivating and challenges you to do your best work, so set up a desk somewhere in the house. Remove distractions and use this space only for online learning.
Keep a regular sleep schedule. It can be tempting to stay up late and sleep until your 10 am Zoom meeting, rolling out of bed mere seconds before class begins. But that won’t be healthy in the long run, and your brain won’t be fully alert and ready to go. Continue to keep a sleeping schedule similar to what you’ve done in the past.
Take notes. Resist the urge to zone out during video calls, and keep your focus by taking notes. You can do this in whatever way feels right to you; either type your notes on the computer or simply use the old fashioned pen-and-paper method.
Participate. Online learners who participate in discussions fare better, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or jump into conversations.
Don’t try to multi-task too much. Pretend your teacher can see everything you’re doing during video lectures. If you wouldn’t do it in class, don’t do it during online classes.
Take breaks. Take regular breaks between classes to get up, walk around, get a bit of exercise, or drink some water. Sitting for too long can be unhealthy and will actually slow down your work.
Exercise patience. Online learning is new to your teachers and peers, and some of them might struggle a bit with working in this format. Practice patience, reach out to offer your help, and remember that by mid-semester everything should be running more smoothly. Most of all, try to laugh at the funny moments together. You know there will be a few!