The Health Department has extended the stay-at-home orders, and a few weeks ago, it ordained for schools to continue with the remote lessons for the first half of the year, meaning we will all continue to take a large part of our courses online. While taking online classes is not new, we can always use some studying tips that will help us learn remotely.
Create a schedule.
The best part about taking online lessons is the freedom we have on choosing at what time we want to study and do homework. If you are taking asynchronous lessons, that is, those where you can learn at your own pace, it might become a little easy to postpone assignments and lectures. But doing so will only accumulate the work. You don’t want to be “cramming” before taking a test! Create a schedule that allows you to take your online classes at the same time on a particular day instead of during your free time. You will be creating a discipline and set expectations for yourself and your academic goals.
Find a place to study.
We know finding a quiet place of your own might be a little bit hard to do right now. Due to the pandemic, libraries and other public spaces might be closed or have limits, so a spot within your own home will have to be your very own studying place. Pick a spot that is well-lit, where you can sit comfortably, and spread your notes, computer, and books. If the real challenge is the noise at home, definitely have a talk with your roommates or family members about the importance of school, and share with them your schedule. Kindly ask them to keep quiet during certain times of the day, remind them that this change is only temporary, and thank them for their cooperation!
Keep communication with your instructors.
If there’s anything that is not clear about about an assignment, or a question that you would like to ask directly to your instructor, email them or “@” them in the class forum. It’s good to let yourself be known and, depending on your academic level, to try and form a relationship with your instructor for academic advice. Try to attend “student hours” occasionally, that way you discuss the lectures with your peers and professor. It is also an excellent way to demonstrate your presence and interest in the classroom.
Take care of yourself.
These are challenging times, so make sure to get enough rest and do not beat yourself up if you scored low on a quiz. Completing school is a great accomplishment, yet you want to ensure you are learning and making good use of the materials provided by your school and instructor. It takes a while to adapt to change, and it definitely requires a lot of energy and motivation from our part too! Make the best out of it, stay positive and get enough breaks in between your regular life responsibilities and class. Onward!