5 Ways to Make Online Learning Easier
Learning while you are in your living room wearing pajamas sounds good, doesn’t it? This is what many of us were thinking when we were forced to move to online learning this year. However, we quickly found that learning online can be tricky. It is much more complicated than first thought to find ways to integrate it into our home life without being distracted by every squirrel, shiny thing, and sound. Here are five ways to make online learning more comfortable and more productive.
Create a Place to Study
I know, you want to sit on your couch and catch up on your latest shows while you do school, but is that going to work? How much studying are you going to get done? You must pick a space that is peaceful and free of distractions (as much as possible). You may even have to set a “quiet time” in your home so that everyone else understands that they need to be quiet during this time and leave you alone. The time you put into your studies will dictate your success.
Consider Time Blocks for Studying
I work better in time blocks. What this means is that I set aside a specific amount of time for each project or task on my to-do list. I am all in during that time block. No checking my phone or email. No watching TV. I do the project or task. This can work the same for studying. Break it up so that you can take a walk or even catch one episode of your favorite binge-worthy show!
Treat Studying Like a Job
If you are attending college full-time, it is, in essence, a job. Whether you have a typical job or not, deciding to go back to college for your degree will take as much, if not more, time than you spend on a traditional job. Consider it your second job. Give it this much importance, so that your brain understands that the work has to be done.
Leave your phone in your bedroom or turn off notifications. Study while the kids are asleep. Leave the TV off. An environment free of distraction allows you to think about what you are studying, instead of flitting around from thing to thing. This can help you to concentrate and retain more information.
Break Down Assignments
Do you have a big paper due in a month? Break the tasks down into manageable pieces. For example, you will need to develop the topic, research, write and edit your paper. Break these tasks down so that you are not doing it all right before it is due. It allows you to get things done and makes it easier because you are not procrastinating from even starting.
These tips are just a few of many you can use to help make online learning more manageable. You can learn online; it will only take some change in your mindset and your learning habits to make it work for you. Happy studying!
By Janis Rodgers