From all indications, the covid-19 pandemic has come to stay for now and this has led to a lot of changes in our lives and in our nation. Schools and universities now adopt online learning. Online learning has its challenges especially for students who have never been familiar with it. For you to adjust well to online learning and not be left out during this period there are things you need to do.
CREATE A DEDICATED STUDY SPACE
Make sure where you study is strictly meant for studying; it will help you get into a productive state easier. Do not use your bed or sofa as your study space, you might sleep off. A simple table and a comfortable chair with a candle or table lamp would be perfect. You can stick motivational quotes to the wall besides your study space.
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE INTERFACE
If you are taking online courses, you have to interact through a learning management system (LMS). You need to familiarize yourself with the interface and know how to use it to learn. You need to learn how to look ahead at your scheduled assignments and do it on time and submit it before due dates. You need to learn how to organize your time, and this can only be possible when you are familiar with the interface.
CREATE A STUDY SCHEDULE AND WORK IN BATCHES
You need to set time to study or create a schedule. Scheduling time specifically dedicated to studying will help you build and stay on a routine. Set a time to log on your online classes each day, but if there is a fixed time table, try to make your schedule free when it is time for your online class. You can use an alarm or a reminder to remind you of your class. Do not miss out on your classes and always review what you have been taught at your spare time.
USE CALENDARS AND REMINDER
Create a study calendar that will help you remember all the important exam dates or deadlines for submitting your assignments. It is advisable to create a wall planner which you can mark up and check every time you study.
PARTICIPATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Try to participate as much as possible in your online classes. Active participation shows that you are learning.
REACH OUT TO YOUR COURSE MATE
Since you are not meeting your course mates face to face, there is need for you to always reach out to them so as not to miss out on anything like group projects. One of the big challenges with group projects is making sure everyone contributes equally. Talk through rules and responsibilities, establish deadlines. Have regular check-in meetings to ensure accountability and help everyone complete the projects. Communication can be through zoom, email, phone calls, instant message, Whatsapp, etc. It is all about finding a system that works for everyone so all can be carried along.
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LECTURER OFTEN
The same way it is important for you to get in touch with your course mates, it is also important for you to communicate with your lecturer. It might be about questions on an assignment or anything academic you are struggling with. It has been found out that one of the keys to success is talking to your lecturer. Sometimes you might reach out to a course mates first on questions, but where your course mates can’t help you or you are not satisfied with their answer, there is need for you to reach out to your lecturer. It might be through email or any other means.
USE PRODUCTIVITY APPS
This is the digital age where we have applications for almost everything. There are applications that make studying or working less tedious. There are applications that help track your progress, organise task, set reminders etc example Google calendar, todo list, etc.
It might be difficult at first for you to understand the online lectures well but resources are available, just that they are in a different form. Being flexible about these changes will help you adjust. Make the transition from in- person to online learning as smooth as possible. Download course materials so that you can access them offline.
Try to keep away any object that can distract you if you are to study efficiently. Keep away your phone or laptop so as not to be tempted to go through it.
DO YOUR BEST
Put in your best interest learning online; maintain clear and open lines of communication with your lecturer and course mates. Study the course materials and you will be successful in this challenging period.
Sometimes in the process of studying, you might end up staying in front of the computer for hours without knowing how time flies. Always take a break in between your study time and do whatever motivates you during the break like listening to music.
MANAGE YOUR TIME WISELY
Log into classes everyday to confirm important deadlines for assignments and exams as some dates and deadlines could change. Check your school email or site so as not to miss any information on your classes.
You might think that you are not on campus but at home, but remember be that your “15-hour” course load still requires 15 hours per week of classes and like 30 hours of studying, researching and writing, whether you are physically on campus or not. Active participation in online discussions and study groups will help you keep up with learning content.