What are some study tips for online learners?
The transition from in person learning to online has been difficult. I am stressed because my teachers gave me homework all at once and I can't complete all the assignments. I used to have high grades and now they are suffering #education #studying #study #studying-tips
You will want to develop a project management mentality when doing your assignments. What I mean by that is that even though you have a lot of assignments give each assignment a priority level and complete the assignments with the highest priority level first and stick to the order you determine unless something changes quickly.
You can base the priority on items like the due date of the assignment, amount of time it will take to complete the assignment how much will this assignment impact my grade in the class.
This is an unprecedented time in our lives, but don's get stressed out if possible we are all in this together.
I wish nothing but the best for you in all of your endeavors.
I am married to a university professor and all of his classes are online now. It has been very disorienting for his students to be sure. I studied for my Master's degree online while working full time. I know you have a myriad of classes, you have been abruptly thrust into the online learning platform, and you are missing you physical school and friends. But I have a few tips:
1. Treat learning at home like you would a physical class. If your teachers have real-time classes, sculpt your other class work around those set time-points.
2. Print out (if you can) or save on your desk-top the syllabi for each class
3. Write a list in a dedicated notebook of the readings, assignments, tests for each class so you can track when you have competed tasks
4. Keep a physical calendar listing the days that assignments are due and that tests will be held.
5. Find out from your teachers the dates the homework assignments are due so you can sequence your work.
6. Email your teachers if you have questions, concerns, or just need help. Keep in communication!
7. Email your peers! Talk about what's going on. Find out how they are coping and what they do to keep fit and keep happy.
So, the key is to organize the work and then organize your time. Set up a workspace in your home as a dedicated home school. Make it as pleasant as possible. Keep a notebook of your assignments and a paper calendar of due dates.
I hope this helps!
Here are some of the tips I can share:
1. During online classes, make sure you are in a quiet place where you can have undivided attention
2. Treat this session as if you are inside the classroom, take down notes, take screenhots if needed if your teacher is presenting something
3. Make a calendar and list all your homework and due dates. Complete them in chronological order based on what's due first
4. Reach out and ask for help from family members or friends
5. Set a study time daily so you can focus on getting things done
Hope that helps!
Some people like dark quiet spots while others like to study to music. Any way you choose to study, you will need to limit distractions and work on a schedule. Those two things seem to be key when you talk to people who are successful at online studies. Best of luck!
You are not alone in this struggle! I made this transition several years ago and now I have 2 children who have suddenly forced into online schooling. Everyone has given you great advice.
Someone else said, treat your classes as you did while you were in a physical classroom. If you switched mid-year due to COVID, then continue the schedule you were maintaining while in class. If not, my advice is to set a schedule for each of your classes & follow it. Don't feel pressured to complete all your assignments in one day. This will ultimately lead to stress, frustration & can lead to sloppy work making your grades suffer.
In addition, please be sure you understand the instructor's requests. For example, when assignments are due (even the time of day can count), if you are required to post to class discussions and when you need to have those completed by.
You've got this & hang in there!
There are a lot of great advice shared already. I do want to highlight and emphasize some key factors that I think will help you in online studying.
First, you should ask yourself, why are your grades suffering? Is it because you have too much assignments and too little time? If this is the case, try to look up some time management tips, such as blocking a specific time of your day to just study online and pacing yourself.
Is it because you are getting distracted at home and thus, not understanding the content fully? If so, try to find an isolated area where you can take your online course without getting distracted. Keep your phone away from you. Don't go browsing on other sites while your studying.
Is it because you are not engaging online as much as you were in a class setting? If so, try having a conversation with your teacher to see if there is anything that the teacher can do to help increase engagement level.
Is it because you don't like reading online? If so, try to print out the content so that you have it in front of you and can highlight and take notes.
There are many reasons why online learning can be difficult for some people. Narrowing it down to the reason why you might be affected negatively can help resolve it.
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P.S. I've taught online for years in higher ed and have been an online course evaluator as well. Virtual environments require certain skill sets and some professors/teachers just weren't prepared for this sudden shift through no fault of their own. Communication and feedback from students will be helpful so they can consider course adjustments now in real time and moving forward in the future. We listen to the voices of our students...after all, you're our first priority!