By Esther Kane
With schools online it is easy to lose motivation and it can be challenging to stay focused on school work. Here are some tips to maximize your online education!
Tip 1: Create a space reserved for studying and learning.
In this study space, you should primarily study and do your classwork. Make sure it is organized and as quiet as possible so that you can avoid any distractions. It is easy to want to study and do your work everywhere around your house (especially your bed), but by reserving a specific area to focus solely on your work, you can maximize your concentration.
Tip 2: Develop Self-Discipline
A challenge many may face with online classes can be to stay motivated. To ensure self-discipline, set personal goals and deadlines for yourself. If necessary, take breaks to help yourself get back on track. Set small, short-term goals for yourself in order to build momentum. One important aspect of staying on track is time management. Create a weekly schedule that highlights any major assignments and blocks time for studying or relaxing.
Tip 3: Participate as much as possible in classes
Going online makes it easier to feel isolated and disengaged. Therefore, it is important to interact with your classmates and teachers as much as possible. Try to step out of your comfort zone and participate in online discussions, study groups, and any group activities. Turning on your camera may help you feel more engaged since other people can see you when you interact with the classroom. Take time to reach out to your instructors as well to help you stay on track.
Tip 4: Limit online distractions
It is very easy to surf the Internet or look at your phone during classes or when you are doing homework especially since you are almost required to look at a screen all day. One app or plug-in you can install is “SelfControl” which is an app that allows you to block access to certain websites for an allocated amount of time. Be sure to keep your phone out of sight when doing homework or attending classes. Other apps that block distracting apps or websites are “Cold Turkey” and “Freedom.”
Tip 5: Find support with family, friends, classmates, and instructors
These times are challenging, and being able to develop a network of support is crucial to helping you feel connected and motivated. Try to reach out to your family, friends, classmates, and instructors as much as possible. With friends and classmates, you can work together to hold each other accountable and encourage one another. Instructors can also provide support by helping adapt to any difficulties you may express to them. Having family members, if they have time, help you with school work is another way to stay connected to your schoolwork.