The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way university students learn and as students across the nation return home for the holidays, many will continue to take courses online. While many students are already accustomed to the rigors of online learning, others struggle to adjust to the change from traditional face-to-face instruction.
Below we have compiled a list of best practices for a successful digital learning experience.
- Make a Schedule
Regardless of how your online courses are scheduled, it’s important to develop a routine. Set aside specific times for studying, breaks, exercise and meals.
- Dress for Success
Studies show that dressing up, even a little, helps boost your confidence. If you are studying in your pajamas, you may have more difficulty getting focused and staying motivated throughout the day.
- Limit Social Media
It is easy to lose track of time when scrolling through social media and often times we are left feeling anxious or irritable by the things we see. If you find it difficult to limit your social media exposure, set aside one or two times during the day to allow yourself to view your favorite social media platform rather than checking your phone throughout the day. Consider downloading screen time monitoring apps which can help you determine how much of your day is currently dedicated to social media.
- Digital Study Groups
Collaboration with peers can offer many of the benefits associated with in-person groups. If you already met with a study group prior to the outbreak, make arrangements to continue meeting via video chat.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
Even though you are home and away from campus, don’t be afraid to reach out to your professor if you are a having a hard time or have questions about the coursework. You should feel comfortable emailing or calling your instructor with any course-related issues you may be experiencing. Don’t wait until the last minute to do so.
- Daily Goals
Write down to-do lists for assignments and deadlines. Construct consistency while studying at home and hold yourself accountable for what you get done each day. Keep track of your progress and reward yourself when you complete tasks on time.
- Long-Term Goals
While this stressful situation may seem never-ending, it’s important to retain sight of your hopes and dreams for the future. Take some time to put your academic and career goals onto paper. Where would you like to see yourself in a year? How about five? Prepare now to make the most of every opportunity later.