By: Brittany Collier, EAW Student Marketing Assistant
With the transition to online classes happening for many students across the country it’s more important than ever to be able to navigate and succeed in online learning. To help you achieve the most you can while learning online, I’ve listed six tips to help you adapt and focus on your online classwork:
1. Hold Yourself Accountable
It’s essential to give yourself a structured schedule just like physical class. Some of us struggle with the structure of online classes, but giving yourself a strict schedule and completing your tasks by their due date will keep you in line. Staying proactive and getting your assignments done when you have free time will keep you from forgetting to do them on the due date! Estimate how long it’ll take you to do the assignment, block out that amount of time and push yourself to get the work done.
2. Limit Distractions
Going online can increase the distractions around you, especially when it comes to social media. It can be difficult to refrain from logging onto social media while you’re already on your laptop at home. It’s important to give yourself a dedicated time to study so that you don’t have to worry about your work later on in the week. This method is a good way of practicing self-gratification. Hyper focus on your work so you can enjoy all the social media you want later on! It is extra helpful to put your phone on silent or set it somewhere across the room so you’re not as eager to check it.
3. Take Notes
Carry your note taking habits you do in the physical classroom over to online learning. A new format doesn’t mean note taking stops. It's important to remember the information given to you! Note taking becomes more vital when you find yourself in an environment with a lot of distractions because you may not process all the information given to you. Also, if your lectures are long, consider taking breaks so your mind doesn't get crammed with information and your hand doesn’t cramp up in the process!
4. Be Actively Engaged
The online format allows you to enjoy your classes in new and exciting ways. Tailor your online classes to how you learn best. Engage in class while sitting on your couch or learn while in your pajamas! As long as you remain active in class, take advantage of the format. Some students find that music heightens their learning experience, so grab your favorite snack, play your favorite tunes and continue to work hard!
5. Join Online Study Groups
Most online classes have started to use video streaming services like Zoom, WebEx or Google Hangout. These formats still allow you to engage in class and with your classmates but via a different format. If you’re having trouble finding the perseverance to do online work, find others who can help you! Use the streaming services or other online apps like WhatsApp or GroupMe to engage in discussions with people in your class and to help each other with the topic!
It’s important to reach out when you need help. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors and ask for help when you need it.
6. Treat Your Online Course like a “Real” Course
Although the format is new, it’s essential that you treat your online classes the same as you would your in-person classes. Sticking to the course schedule and completing your course assignments on time are key to a successful semester. These are ideals that do not change when taking classes online. Keep going, you can do this!
And remember online classes are just as meaningful and important as a physical class!