Study tips during COVID-19

4 easy study tips for online learning during COVID-19

Shifting to online learning seems to be the new norm for almost all students worldwide. Online learning during COVID-19 has affected many students across the globe. To help you get used to this new change, we have some very easy study tips for online learning.

The health and safety of students is the top priority for universities. Many are still deciding if they will continue online or allow students back on campus. Universities that are reopening will be making numerous modifications to ensure the safety of the student community. Many students found themselves distracted, stressed, and even upset because they do not have a quiet place at home as well as the proper technology and resources needed to succeed in their classes. If you’re facing such issues, these tips for online learning are perfect for you!

1) Treat online courses like a “real” course

Online courses - improve skills
Make sure to show up to all class meetings

It is easy to forget online courses if all you are used to is in-person classes. You must learn to discipline yourself through classes, studying, and completing assignments. Yes, online classes are meant to be flexible but you must follow through and treat it like a real class. Make sure to show up to all class meetings because you could easily fall behind. It will be harder for you to be back on track if you are only creating more work for yourself. Treat your online class like you would an in-person class, show up, and participate. This is one of the most important tips for remote learning. 

2) Time-Management Skills

Time management
Create a weekly schedule to follow

One of the benefits of transitioning to online learning is flexibility. Although too much time and flexibility can create new challenges. Find ways to help manage your time in order to be successful in your courses. Everything depends on your learning style and schedule. Here are some helpful tips to practice: 

Set a study time: Find some time throughout your day to study. It does not necessarily have to be a block period. It can simply be a 15-minute break that you might have to fit in a small study session! Depending on the workload, the more time you should dedicate to completing your tasks. Put a time limit on your tasks, this will help you focus and work more efficiently. It is important to plan and dedicate time to learn & complete your assignments. 

Invest in a planner: Track your deadlines! Each week you should create a weekly schedule to follow. Set reminders for yourself to attend class, study, complete assignments, and any other tasks that you may have. Plan ahead and add important due dates to your calendar so you don’t miss any deadlines! 

Block out distractions: The remote learning during covid-19 has made students realize how easy it is to get distracted. Try minimizing all surrounding distractions such as electronics, close all irrelevant web browsers, turn on the do-not-disturb option on your phone and laptop! It may be difficult if you do not have a quiet place at home or in public but do what works best for you and your personal situation. 

3) Find a Study Space

Study space
Being comfortable in your space is key

Finding a great study space is something students have struggled with the most since remote learning became the norm. It is important to find a good study space to study effectively. If your surroundings are distracting it can get hard to focus and will not be as effective. Find a place that suits your learning style. Here are some tips to improve your study time: 

Create a routine: Set a specific time and place to study every day. Plan your study spots, know when and where to go! Make the best of your study spots, here are some places you can study:

  • The Library 
  • Academic Buildings 
  • Off-campus (coffee shops) 

Find a comfortable study space: Find your perfect place to study whether it’s the library or outside, do what makes you study effectively. Being comfortable is key when it comes to studying. You want to find a place that helps you concentrate and not have you moving from one place to another. Make sure you have access to everything you may need before you start! 

4) Stay Organized!

Staying organized
Use your calendar to track deadlines, locations/events, and study time

Due to covid-19 and remote learning, university staff and professors have been blowing up our inbox. Organize your email, use filters and labels to help you find emails faster, and help you communicate in an effective and timely manner. Plan ahead, it is better to be early than late. Meet your deadlines, plan to submit your work in advance. A great way to stay organized is to use a calendar. Use your calendar to track deadlines, locations/events, study time, and anything else that pops up. Set reminders on your phone if it helps! 

Practice self-care: Self-Care is very important in order to succeed during your online courses. A healthy mind and body will make or break your ability to learn.

Take breaks: The brain can only focus on about 90 minutes at a time. It is important to schedule a break to prevent burnout. You want to maintain productivity throughout the day. It is okay to relax! Take a break in a quiet place and reflect on yourself. This will help you gain new insights about your work and yourself. 

Healthy habits: Make sure to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule. Being active helps improve your stress levels and is very beneficial. Sleep is a very important factor in staying healthy! Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. People who are tired can get easily distracted and that can lead to procrastination. 

Add a done list: It is important to acknowledge your accomplishments throughout the week. Add a “done list” to your to-do list for some extra satisfaction! Make sure you give yourself credit for successfully completing your tasks, this will give you a great confidence boost!

That’s about it, folks! We hope you implement these study tips for online learning during these very difficult COVID times. Please leave your comments and questions below or feel free to reach out to us. We at iSchoolConnect are always glad to help with any information regarding studying abroad!

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