Updated: May 19
Many students have been transitioning to online classes due to COVID-19 cases increasing.
Catching up with friends, live interactions, and hang-outs on school premises has been replaced with hours of being seated in front of a screen.
School-based therapists have noted how students struggle to concentrate, feel restless, and experience a lack of interest in academics. The students are left feeling frustrated and anxious about the whole experience.
Impossible to predict with certainty when and how in-person classes will resume. So how can you make the best of online learning?
Here are some tips to help manage online learning.
Make a schedule: To-do lists or daily planners can help with organization and minimize procrastination. Try to include not only your academic tasks but fun activities and breaks as well. Crossing off the tasks you complete can help give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Create a study space: Choose an area for online learning that works the best for you. If you can, minimize clutter and the things around you that might be distracting. For example, headphones may be helpful.
Take notes: For some, writing the notes will be helpful. Research shows that writing notes by hand can help us remember what we are learning. Creating a visual like a mind map. recording voice notes, or using voice to type methods are also helpful. some of the note-taking apps can also help. (Audio note, EverNote, Notability, Microsoft OneNote, Google, etc)
Connect with classmates through video chat outside of class time: It can be beneficial to form a small group of classmates to meet up with virtually a few times a week. Plan a study group, for some it helps them to learn concepts better.
Minimize Multitasking: Multitasking is tempting when you have multiple screens in front of you. It’s possible to multitask well but it reduces your ability to remember the information. In other words, try your best to mimic the in-person classroom expectations while online learning is taking place.
Take Breaks and Move Around: Taking short breaks and movement allows you to let loose and re-energize you for your schedule's next activity. Try stretching, jumping jacks, jogging on the spot, or dancing.
Think of the positives: For some, online learning is less than ideal. Change is hard. Come up with a few things that you like about online learning. Perhaps you get to sleep in a little longer or you get to see your classmates' funny cat or dog interrupt math class. Online classes are challenging, viewing them positively can help you cope better. Compared to conventional classroom learning, this online experience may allow some to learn at a pace that works better. Prepare flashcards of inspirational quotes to stay motivated throughout the day.
In addition, students should be encouraged to talk about any difficulties they are encountering with online learning. Patience and acknowledgment can go a long way in helping them deal with challenges.