The entire world is still waiting for the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus. Until then, we should practice social distancing and adjust to the new normal. One of the adjustments we have to learn is attending our classes online. Transitioning to virtual learning might be a challenge for some, especially those who are not used to using gadgets and manipulating software and programs that would facilitate online classes.
The virus has been successful in disrupting our everyday lives and plans. We should not allow it to disturb us from achieving our goals too. Learning even during these unprecedented times may keep you from overthinking about the pandemic. We listed some tips on how you can adjust to the new academic normal.
1. Set Up Your Study Area
On-site classes give an environment where our bodies are accustomed to focusing on studying. On the other hand, our homes serve as our safe space wherein our bodies tend to be more relaxed. Now that the pandemic has forced us to study at home, it is challenging to distinguish the times when we have to learn and when we have to rest.
To help set your body in studying mode, allocate a space in your house that would be strictly for your studying. Ensure that the area will be far from any distractions and that it is nowhere the rest of the household will be staying or moving within the day.
Fix your designated area such that all your study essentials are all in one place. You can also set boundaries with your housemates. Request them to avoid disturbing you in the area. As much as possible, avoid eating and spending leisure hours in your study area to set your mind into full study mode whenever you need to.
2. Follow A Routine, Be Consistent!
Treat attending your online classes as if you are visiting your on-site courses. Meaning, you still have to account for the time you will spend taking a bath, eating your meals, doing your chores, etc. Just like your regular classes, you would not want to be late in your virtual sessions.
Making a schedule for activities will also be helpful. Take note of the hours when you think you are most productive and start from there. Remember, you belong to an entire household. There could be times when the house is too busy, and it will not be conducive to studying.
3. Create A To-Do List
Ticking things off your checklist would give you a sense of fulfillment. This method will also help you track your progress and make sure that you can accomplish your tasks. However, remember not to overdo yourself. Have an available to-do list taking into consideration the times when you have to sleep and recover.
4. Join A Virtual Study Group
“Schedule virtual happy hours, brunches, and hangouts with friends. Schedule a virtual therapy session if isolation is beginning to wear on you,” says Zachary Alti, LCSW.
Virtual or not a support group will always be a good idea. By creating a virtual study group, you can quickly consult one another about concepts that you do not understand. It is also an easy way of collaborating ideas, especially when you have to submit an output.
Your study group will also push you to be more productive. There are several websites and social media applications that could make your study sessions easier. Aside from your schoolwork, staying in touch with people outside of your household will allow you to feel less isolated during the quarantine.
5. Have The Right Equipment
Online classes mean that you would need a stable internet connection, a video-conferencing ready gadget, and, if possible regular earphones.
6. Insert “Me Time”
Now that you will be spending most of your time at home, it is easier to be overwhelmed with the number of tasks you have to do. There will always be a chore to do or homework to be submitted. Include a well-deserved me time in your schedule to avoid being burned out from your studies and household chores.
Try to revisit an old hobby, watch your favorite movie, or exercise. You may choose an activity that will allow your body and mind to rest and recharge.
Try to apply these tips as you transition to online learning. When things get hard, remember the reasons you want to study; always have your goal in mind.