I was planning on writing this post in about two months, but I feel like these tips can be better utilized now in this new crazy world we’re living in now.
So here are 10 tips to help you conquer online classes while in isolation or quarantine.
As hard as it is to believe right now, there will be a time when our world goes back to normal and your grades will be important!
Even as a graduate student, I feel like my classes are meaningless all of a sudden. Of course, I know they’re important but it just doesn’t feel like it right now!
These tips will help you keep your grades up while taking online classes.
Stick to a Routine
This is the easiest and best way to do well with online classes! When I was in online classes I would always forget about it!
Like I would go about my weeks normally and realize that I haven’t done anything for my online class.
This will obviously be different if all of your classes are online. It’s probably very unlikely that you’ll forget you’re in school altogether.
Setting up a specific time to work on your online classes will help keep you on track.
Set aside a workspace
Another thing that makes online classes difficult is that you usually have to work from home.
Home is where you are most relaxed and least focused. Setting aside an area in your home that you study at will help train your mind that you need to focus there and not be in relax mode.
I tried to complete my online classes in my bed when I was a freshman, and it took me SO LONG to do anything! Simply because I wasn’t focused and not in work mode.
Once I started grad school I set up an area that I only sat at when I was working from home. And I never did school work anywhere else.
It’s been game-changing for my productivity! I’m focused and efficient and I can knock things out from my to-do list.
Use a planner
Going back to the “I forgot my class exists” using a planner will also help you remember your online assignments.
I suggest you write your assignments out ahead of time so you know what is coming and when.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t really use a planner anymore. And I’m not trying to be a hypocrite here! If you want the full explanation of Why I Stopped Using a Planner in Grad School click that link!
Whatever your system is for organizing your life, write down your assignments and make sure you don’t miss assignments!
Listen to music
I’m a highly distractable person and it’s very hard for me to focus most of the time.
Are you like me? Would you rather be doing anything else besides studying?
Listening to music is a great way to drown out those distracting thoughts!
Heck, I’m sure everyone knows this…
Podcasts are also great if you have a mind that roams a little more (like me). If you can listen to a podcast without getting distracted I highly recommend doing so. I love the podcast Lore. It’s about spooky stuff.
Print things out
I like to make the class feel more “real.” In a normal class, you get handed papers and take physical notes.
In your online class do the same!
Print out your readings and take notes on them!
Have a physical textbook
Same thing as the previous point here! Make your class feel real and get a physical textbook.
Does anyone else just hate reading online textbooks anyway? Just me?
If you have only have online classes and you spend your day at home it’s very easy to spend all day in your pajamas.
I don’t know about you but when I’m in my pj’s I don’t want to do anything!
If you need to focus on class and actually be productive it’s important to get dressed!
This makes you feel awake and tells your brain that you have to do things.
Put away your phone
I am so bad at this, but putting your phone away is super important!
It’s so easy to get distracted and scroll social media or text your friends.
Trust me here, just put your phone away for a few hours and get shit done.
Tell people to leave you alone
This is the same as putting your phone away. If you live in an environment where there are other people around, tell them to leave you alone for a little while so you can get some stuff done!
Limit how long you work
This one is a really important one. Break up how long you work into chunks and set limits to how long you work in a day.
It is so easy to just work for hours and hours and not take any breaks. When this happens you’re probably not being productive for the entire time.
If you dedicate yourself to working for an entire hour then stop, you’ve worked for a whole hour. If you work for three hours but goof off for half of it and work slowly for the rest of the time you didn’t even work for an hour but you lost 3 hours!
Did I miss any tips? How are you handling having online classes? Let me know in the comments below!