COVID has hit all of us hard but it has hit teens the most. With lockdown, you were imprisoned in your house and were prohibited from playing out, visiting camps, and enjoying this beautiful summer we are having. The worst part of it is it turned your savior – the laptop or desktop against you through e classes and online tuitions.
Learning is an important aspect of life; it is the effort you put in today that will help you have a wonderful future ahead. With so much competition for everything make sure you don’t lose your edge because you are a fighter and a virus can’t stop you from being the best of the best. To help you make the best out of this situation, here are few tips to make your online experience less of a strain and more fun.
Tips to effectively learn from home and take an online class
- Get your set up to speed:
The only thing that can make this depressing scenario worse is a glitchy computer that lags or worse turns of for reasons beyond human understanding. Since we are going to be in this position for a while it is advisory to buy a brand-new laptop if your old one was manufactured when the dinosaurs got extinct. If not then clean up your disk. Remove unwanted programs. Buy an anti-virus, get a good internet connection, and an inverter that can support both the modem and the desktop.
- Take more interest than usual:
In online classes, the learning you get depends directly on how much you put into the class. Take initiative, communicate more with the instructor, ask for feedback on a bad performance, and make efforts to improve your performance. By being professional with your interactions and reaching out with the intent of improving, your instructor will get a positive impression of you. You never know where this relationship will lead.
- Manage Your Time:
Online Classes provide you with flexibility. You now have all the time you would lose commuting to school and back. You can study and learn on your own schedule- this has its own benefit such as the ability to work when you feel motivated. It also has its own disadvantages such as never feeling motivated at all. You need to know your behavior and prepare a schedule that compliments that to give you a comfortable learning environment. Create a schedule for taking care of classwork based on the time of day when you work best and stick to it.
Since you know your optimal working schedule, you can base your assignments around it. Consult your syllabus, making note of important deadlines and due dates. Log into your course on a regular basis.
A key to effective time management is discipline. The more disciplined you are with your schedule the more it will help you reap benefits. It is also equally important to be forgiving if you don’t feel like working. You take breaks to relax and do things you love.
- Create a dedicated learning environment
It’s easy to remember details when you’re in the same place where you first studied, so having a dedicated space at home to take online courses can make your learning more effective. Remove any distractions from space, and if possible, make them separate from your bed or sofa. The clear distinction between study and leisure may help you to focus.
- Take notes
Taking notes can encourage active thinking, increase comprehension, and increase your attention span. It is a good idea to include information internally whether you are studying online or in a classroom. So, grab a notebook or find an online learning app that works best for you and start compiling key points.
- Take a break
Resting your brain after learning is essential for high performance. If you find yourself working on a challenging problem without great hourly progress, relax. Walking outside, taking a shower, or talking to a friend can give you strength and give you new ideas on how to deal with the project.