As we enter yet another week of social distancing, and continue to try and embrace the "new normal", we must learn to adjust ourselves accordingly. One of the major shifts in this regard has been seen in the academic sector, where classes are moving online, and we're expected to attend them from the comfort of our home. Attending classes while sitting at home may seem like a dream come true, but certain adjustments need to be made to make these classes fruitful. In order to help you make the most of these online classes, here are a few things you should remember.
Setting up a study routine
This is something you need to ensure if you're working with pre-recorded lectures. The idea that the lectures are going to be there for as long as you need them might lead to procrastination. This in turn, creates a backlog before you can get started with assignments or quizzes. Hence, it's always a good idea to maintain a proper study plan. Fix up a dedicated time slot for each day or week during which you'll focus only on your studies and nothing else. Never allow yourself to think that you can always do something tomorrow when it needs to be done today.
Logging out of social media
Given that you'll have to attend classes on your computer or smartphone, there's a high possibility that you'll be distracted by the chime or a ding of a notification. The best way for you to avoid these distractions is by simply logging out of all your social media accounts prior to your class or study time. Don't let such inconveniences hinder your academic progress.
Establishing a 'Do Not Disturb' policy
Ask your family members or roommates not to disturb you during your class or designated study time, unless it's an emergency. If possible, you should try and isolate yourself in your room or any other corner of your house.
Don't let online classes stop you from taking notes. It's a habit that's very helpful, especially in cases where you need to have a quick glance at the lecture or topic without having to go through the entire length of it. You should also consider taking notes on pen and paper instead of your computer. Numerous studies conducted over the years have suggested that taking handwritten notes can help you remember them better.
A small break every now and then
No one enjoys studying continuously at a stretch. That's why, you should definitely consider taking short breaks at certain intervals. Have a quick snack, or scroll through your Facebook feed for a few minutes, and then get back to where you left off. Make sure you're keeping track of time, and not overdoing these breaks.
While we continue our academic activities online, we should also remember that this is uncharted waters both for us, as well as our institutions and instructors. Hence, we need to give each other the opportunity to make full use of this new method of teaching, and help each other as much as we can.