Hi! So because of the current Coronavirus, my school is doing one week learning in school and the next week learning online. This is simply because my college is very big so they made 2 separate ‘bubbles’. However, a lot of students around the world are doing online classes full-time for now, so I just wanted to share some tips on how to manage it.
1) Get rid of all distractions.
When you’re at home, you can get distracted very easily. It could be your phone constantly buzzing, or your pet trying to play with you. Whatever the distraction is for you, you need to deal with it as it will impact your work very badly. Turn your phone off, or mute it. Get someone else in the house to care for/play with your pet, or play with them before your lesson starts so they sleep/rest at that time.
2) Keep the same schedule.
This is simply just so you don’t get out of your usual routine for when you come back to normal school. Try to wake up and go to sleep around the same time, and try to space out eating the same as you would at school. When you have free time, try to do as much work as you can. Eat your lunch at the same time as you would at school too, so that you don’t spend too much time sitting around doing nothing while you should be doing work.
3) Get ready for the day.
If you stay in your pajamas the whole day, you won’t be very productive. Try to get dressed in normal clothes, do your hair and maybe put on a little make up (if you want) so that you can feel the difference between relaxing and doing work.
4) Be prepared.
Try to be prepared just like you would be in class. Keep a pen and some paper near you so you’re ready for taking notes. If you know you have a short break between lessons, have a snack ready so that you don’t waste time to find something to eat. Turn your laptop/computer on around 10 minutes before your lesson start so that you avoid any last minute technical difficulties or not be able to join because it’s taking a long time to load.
5) Participate as much as you can.
Treat your online lesson the same as you would be in a classroom. Try to answer questions and join conversation on your topics. This will not only help you remember what you’re learning, but also make you feel a little confident in yourself when talking to new people.
Good luck at school!