Online classes have become a trend but sometimes can be hard for students who do not prepare themselves for it. Here, we present 5 basic tips for getting the best out of your digital learning experience.
This week, a letter from our Head of School Mr. David Darling said: in times like these, when we are asked to be distant from each other and schools are transitioning to online methods, teachers face a big challenge turning course material that was prepared for classroom into useful digital experiences.
Mr. Darling also emphasized that new times present new opportunities for innovation and creativity for both students and faculty.
This is because with instant access to all of the information the Internet has to offer, students are less dependent on the teacher and this can be the perfect time for practicing skills like organization, self-motivation and digital communication.
No matter what your grade is, what course you take or what kind of student you are in eye-to-eye situations, studying online can also be a way of thinking about anxiety, digital distractions and the ability to focus.
To help you #StayHome and #BeSafe studying online, here are some tips for getting all you need to be prepared and keep up your good scores.
Online Is Not an Excuse: Learning means Working Hard
To successfully learn – no matter if online or not – you need to dedicate a significant amount of time on your learning goals, to concentrate enough to keep being productive, and to fully commit to your own learning process.
Online is not an excuse to do less – you should have in mind that even digitally you are expected to:
– Fully commit and participate.
– Communicate in a clear and precise way.
– Be tech-friendly, even if you have to learn a new way to do things.
– Follow a learning schedule and complete your assignments on time.
– Be self-disciplined.
Give Yourself some Space: Where you Learn is also How you Learn
Whether you are studying in your office, bedroom or living room, make sure this place is clean, quiet, distraction-free, organized, and available for use when you need to use it. Remember that this learning method is all about self-motivation, so begin by getting your VIP-classroom ready.
If you need, ask your friends, relatives, and family to respect your “work mode” and consider turning off your phone and logging off all social networks when studying. Especially if you are having concentration issues, you will not want to be interrupted or distracted.
Do You Have a Study Plan? Here is how you make one
This does not have to be your life while studying online: “Oh, No! Tomorrow this assignment is due and I spent the last few days watching films and eating popcorn!”.
Although leisure times are fun and necessary more than ever, leaving everything for tomorrow will stress you and prevent you from effectively completing your daily tasks. And remember: if you are having trouble remembering everything or getting things done in time, write yourself a task schedule with suggested timing for each one.
It will be easier to see your whole day planned and even you will see when you have enough time to stretch, eat a snack, watch some videos or even take a 15-min nap.
Imagine that tomorrow you will have to attend online classes, finish a Math assignment, finish a drawing for an Art project, answer classmates about an assignment for next week, read an article about a historical period and make a presentation out of it.
Your study plan could be:
– Breakfast / 8:30am to 9am
– Attend online classes / From 9am to 12pm
– Lunch Break / From 12pm to 12:30pm
– “Clear Your Mind” Break / 12:30pm to 1pm
– Attend online classes / From 1pm to 3pm
– Mini-Break / From 3pm to 3:30pm
– Finish drawing / 3:30pm to 4:30pm
– Answer emails / 4:30pm to 5pm
– Read article / 5pm to 5:30pm
– Presentation / 5:30pm to 6pm
– Dinner / 6pm to 7pm
– Finish Math assignment / From 7pm to 7:30pm
– Free Time / 7:30pm to 10pm
Writing down everything you have to do in a day makes it easier to plan ahead and stop feeling like you are lost between time and space.
It’s Okay to Feel Lost & It’s Okay to Need Help
Contact your online instructor if you are stuck with a problem. Not asking for help when necessary may cause you confusion and make you fall behind with your study goals, which will probably lower your overall mark.
The best behaviour in this kind of classes is: build a relationship with your online instructor and contact him/her regularly, informing if you are understanding the classes’ content and assignments.
Asking your online instructors to clarify problems will also help them to get a real perspective about your level of understanding and will provide them with an idea of the overall effectiveness of the course.
By asking questions you also help your virtual classmates in case they are having similar difficulties. Keep in mind: if you don’t ask for help, your instructor may never know something is wrong.
Online Classes are Real Classes: Are You a Real Student?
When starting to learn online, many people think that this method is going to be automatically easier and less demanding. Funnily enough, those two things – how hard you study and how much you commit – are not based only on which device you use to study but mainly on what kind of student you are.
Remember: if you are an interested and participative student in traditional classes, there is no reason why anything should change using online platforms. Try to be your best self in every challenge and you will succeed for sure.
If your best student skills aren’t coming out during these times, ask yourself:
– Do I have a comfortable place to study and concentrate?
– Are my cell phone and social media interrupting me and making me work less?
– Am I too stressed to concentrate? If so, what can I do to relax and keep focused?
– Do I understand why I am studying online and what is the outcome I want from it?
– Am I committing to my learning experience? If not, why not?
– Do I need a day to rest and return full speed tomorrow? PS: Make sure it’s just one day, not everyday
Following these basic tips we are sure you will get the best out of your online classes.
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