Next academic year to be online (remote), How do you cope?

 As result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools, colleges, and universities have switched to either full-time online classes or a combination of in-person and remote learning for this upcoming school year. Even as most students are quickly getting conversant with this system, others are finding it very difficult to adapt and normalize.

The pandemic has caused alot to change and most of these changes may remain permanent. The education sector will definitely take a huge shift from what we know as normal.

Remote schooling is a safer option to protect both students and teachers from the coronavirus.
Online studying is already being practiced at all educational levels and has probably gotten to you already.

If you want to make the most out of remote learning/online schooling and end up with grades better than before, then keep reading, this article is for you.

Fix a Schedule

As someone who is currently working toward attaining a master’s degree in BA online, I understand how important it is for you to make a schedule. Usually, when you attend physical classes your day is set for you. But now, online classes tend to be more asynchronous, so you need to set a workable schedule for yourself.

In your schedule, The first thing you should do is to break down the bulk of your activities for a period of time, probably a weeks time into smaller units. Arange them in such a way that everyday you have a fraction of the work to do.

Arrange them in such a way that you finish the task few days before the deadline . For instance if you are required to write ten articles over the entire week, you can schedule that you write two every day as you begin your academic work. So this helps you divide the work and ensures that you are not overwhelmed come Friday.

Obviously, this takes a certain amount of discipline, but you can reach out to people for support if you need help.
Endeavor to plan for big projects, and be specific with the timing, when you are going to work on them. While it can be extra tempting to save everything until the very end with online classes, it really is better for your sanity (and grades) to work methodically on projects.

Have a Designated Working Area

The regular physical classes have class rooms specifically set aside for learning, this makes learning very efficient. It is evident that online classes and online studying are more fluid with this. I mean, it’s possible to work on your bed, on the couch, at the table, at a desk, etc. While the versatility may seem great, it actually is more helpful to make a distinction between your “work/school” places and your “relaxing” places.

One of the best things you can do is limiting your school work to a specific place, maybe your desk. When you sit at your desk, you know that it is time to learn and be serious. It helps you get into a focused state of mind that may be impossible to achieve if you worked from whatever place in the house.

Get Study Mates.

Studying online can be very isolating, so you’ll want to make time to interact with other people. That being said, make sure that you make a distinction between socializing and studying with others. I used to occasionally study by myself at a local coffee shop to get some background noise and human interaction.

Ironically, I actually met someone there who is also currently getting a master’s degree online at the same university as I am, albeit in a different program. Now we will sometimes meet at the coffee shop to study, and it is so encouraging to have someone else there who understands what I am going through.

Reach out If you need help.

Clearly , taking online classes often means that you have very little to no in-person interactions with your professors and teachers. This makes it difficult for them to find out if you are struggling or need some assistance,so to tackle that, you have to make effort to keep the lines of communication open. Don’t just wait till the situation becomes more cumbersome, reach out to your teachers and professors if and when you need help.

Take Advantage of Your Commute Time

One big advantage of taking online classes is that it leaves you with a lot of extra time for the day. However, it’s important to take advantage of that time and not waste it. I would argue that it doesn’t necessarily matter what you do, just so long as you’re doing it with intention.

So, maybe it’s spending extra time sleeping in the morning, hanging out with your dog, learning a new language, learning a skill, teaching, reading a book, etc. It doesn’t matter what it is. It just matters that it’s something that you will enjoy.

Conclusion

While some love learning online, there are plenty who do not welcome this method as not studying with other people and the lack of in-person interactions with teachers and supervisors seems the biggest frustration with online learning.

Knowing yourself, and what you like and dislike about online classes, will help you make the most of them. You can take full advantage of the benefits and try to minimize the disadvantages.

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