Best practices for students to make the most of their online classes

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

2020 will be remembered as a year of disrupted social cohesion because of the abrupt advent of COVID-19.

As a result, all institutions have had to adjust their operations, including the school system. Online classes have been an emanation of technological development. Most Universities have capitalised on this and have either fully or partially shifted to online learning.

The shift to online classes has been sudden, which might have left you feeling confused or unmotivated. That’s why it is important to prepare yourself to succeed with the ‘new norm’ of remote learning. We’re giving you 5 things to do to make the most of your online classes.

1. Create a designated space for yourself:

You will likely be attending online classes from your home or apartment; your home is a perfect place for distractions. Experts believe that we do not associate our home with learning space, making it much more difficult to be motivated or involved in online classes. Therefore, it is important to dedicate a space in your flat or house just for your online classes. Doing this will help you to stay on track, limit your distractions, and add a sense of normality to your routine.

2. Communicate:

Due to the unfamiliar nature of online classes, both your lecturers and universities are not prepared to face all the challenges. This increases the importance of communicating these issues to them to help you adjust to remote learning. Also, take the initiative to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the lectures or course material to your lecturers. For example, asking your teachers for pre-recorded classes. The benefits of this are twofold; you do not lose out on any learning that could be a result of network issues, and you always have the option to go back to the lecture for any missed notes or points.

3. Participate:

The transition from physical classrooms online will hinder peer-to-peer interactions leading to a lack of support. So it’s important to make the extra effort to interact with your classmates and professors via text/email/online forums to maintain the support that you would otherwise get in a classroom.

Actively participate in discussions, collaborate with your classmates, and offer feedback to your lecturers. This will help you get the most out of your online learning experience.

4. Time Management:

With no scheduled classes and no one to supervise, it is very easy to procrastinate. Create a well-planned learning schedule for yourself consisting of revision, self-assessments and breaks. Create milestones and deadlines for yourself in addition to the ones given by your university. It is easy to get lost when you are away from the university for a long period, this helps you to maintain your focus.

5. Don’t lose hope

Understandably, you might be feeling frustrated due to lost opportunities, missing your friends, or anxiety about the uncertain future. But remember that you are not alone in this. Seek out help whenever you need it. Have open discussions with your friends and teachers on how to improve this experience.

Summary: Even though the change has been sudden and extreme, you can always find different ways to make the most out of the experience. Learning has always been a conscious effort, whether it is online or offline. So, if you keep moving forward, be persistent and motivated, you will find yourself not just learning but also having fun!

What are you doing to make the most of your online classes? Let us know in the comments.

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