Excel at Online Learning with 5 Easy Steps

Monday, September 14, 2020

College students across the U.S. continue to study partially, if not fully, online this semester as COVID-19 continues. Check out these quick five tips for learning online that you cannot miss!

1. Check your email every day!

This is absolutely critical. Important online communication announcements will be made through virtually through emails. You can expect to receive announcements and instructions from your professors and college or university through email.

Check, check, check your email at least once a day to make sure you are on top of everything. You may even want to consider making sure you receive notifications on your mobile phone whenever you receive an email. This way, you can see right away if you’ve received anything important!

2. Dedicate time and space to your online learning.

Set healthy boundaries around your school time. Block off a time frame for your textbook reading, a time to listen to lectures, and a time to write assignments for each class. Now here comes the hard part: Stick to it. Let your family and friends know when you will be in the zone and need to concentrate. They can even help by keeping you accountable to the goals that you set for yourself.

3. Engage actively with your online community and peers.

Learning independently from home does not mean that you have to learn alone. Reach out to your online classmates and for a community with them.

Take the time to meaningfully respond to your online classmates in the online discussion forums that your online classes have set up. Reach out to your online professor when you find that you are struggling with a specific concept or idea. Share what you have learned with your family and friends.

4. Stay on schedule.

Actively avoid putting off work and study until the last possible minute. Remote learning is not an extended spring break! Online classes are still in session. Checking out early or at any point during the online semester will hurt yourself later on. Stay on task and make sure to treat every week like a fully loaded school week.

5. Contact the library for other online resources.

Your university’s library is still working at this time! Don’t be shy! When you have a question or research idea in your head and find yourself what resources you might want or need, send an email and reach out to your library! Library staff can help you get access to the online resources you need. Many colleges and universities have online versions of books and other resources that you can access from your home.

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