Tips for Taking Online College Classes

As college campuses offer more virtual learning opportunities, students have more freedom and flexibility than ever when it comes to their education. But all that freedom comes with its own obstacles. With Netflix one click away, furry friends begging for a walk, no friends to walk with you to class, and fewer opportunities for facetime with teachers, it can be more challenging to stay motivated.

Fear not! Being an A+ student is still possible! Try these tips for taking online classes to stay on track as you go back to college.

Creating Your Study Space

  1. One of the best ways to prevent distractions is by creating a dedicated study space. If you don’t have a personal college desk setup or home office, try the dining room table. If possible, avoid studying or doing schoolwork in your bedroom to keep it a quiet and stress-free zone.
  2. Keep your desk organized and clutter-free with easily accessible storage. You want to spend most of your time actually studying, not preparing to study.
  3. Create a pleasant and productive atmosphere. Good lighting will go a long way to boosting productivity and combating drowsiness. Adding a houseplant or two to boost your mood and inspire creativity, too.

Staying on Track

  1. Limit distractions. Limit access to streaming services and social media during your study time. Take advantage of settings like “Screen Time” and “Do Not Disturb” on your phone and other devices.
  2. Write down everything. Use a calendar or planner to help you stay on top of your classes and deadlines and keep a to-do list of assignments with notes and due dates for each subject.
  3. Set reminders on your phone or computer to avoid missing classes or that extra credit live lecture.
  4. Ask friends and teachers if they have any study tips for college students.

Building a Routine

  1. Stick to your college morning routine. Set the alarm to wake up at the same time each day, eat a healthy breakfast, and get ready like you would for a typical day on campus. Your morning routine for school will set the tone for your day. With a good start, you’ll be more motivated to tackle your online classes.
  2. Remember to take breaks. Short breaks more often are more likely to give you the energy you need to make it through the school day. Take time to stretch, exercise, get some fresh air, eat a healthy snack, or even take a quick nap if you have time.
  3. Plan out your study time. Dedicating specific times to each class or subject will help you keep your assignments organized and help organize your thoughts and make it easier to focus.
  4. Distance education means less in-person interactions with classmates and teachers, so it’s essential to stay connected and carve out time for friends and family, but be sure to set boundaries during your dedicated study time.

Troubleshooting Technology Issues

  1. Test all apps and programs. The best way to avoid a significant technological mishap is to make sure the program is working correctly before you need it.
  2. Make sure your WiFi is reliable. Check that your network is up and running when you have a virtual class, video call, or assignments due that day. If you’re moving into a new place, set up your WiFI the day you move in.
  3. Have contact information for tech support on-hand, so you’re not scrambling if a problem arises.

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