Valentin Schinnerl and John Roman, U-Multirank
Sep 23, 2020 12:52(CET)
Online learning may be something you are already familiar with, but for others COVID-19 has forced them into making the switch over from in-person learning. Whether you’re an online-learning-veteran, or a first timer like many, we have compiled a list of our top 10 tips to help you make the best of your online learning experience. This list will look at some key points that will help you with online learning, for example: time management skills, self-discipline, willpower and a strong motivation. Read our top 10 tips below to get started. Do you have any other tips that work well for you? Feel free to share them with us via social media.
Online learning is not easier than a normal course in university. You need to schedule enough time, focus on the coursework and to try to stay concentrated. Some things to expect:
Everyone has a friend, or knows someone who forgot to save their documents and ended up in a stressful situation, so make sure that this never happens to you. Save your documents in a cloud, or on a hard drive and it’s always a good idea to save your professors contact details, too.
The internet connection is very important, too, so make sure you have a strong connection, because otherwise you might not be able to follow your lesson, or in a worst case scenario give your presentation.
You should find a spot in your home where you can work at any time, it should be quiet, organised and where you can avoid distractions – so it might be a good idea to switch off your smartphone too. Additionally, you can also inform your roommates, or family members of when you’re learning or studying, so they can be supportive and minimise any distractions from their part.
If you’re familiar with in-person learning, then you might remember the beginning of the semesters where everyone is in the classroom and the professor goes over the course content, objectives and time schedule of the lecture or seminar. With online learning it is even more important that you identify your own learning goals and objectives from the study course, to ensure you’re staying on track and holding yourself accountable. It might be a good idea to take notes and to review them as you continue with your online course(s).
It’s easy to get lost, and normal to need help at times. Whether it’s with understanding technology, remembering deadlines or assignments, or simply just feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of learning during a pandemic – don’t be afraid to stop and ask for help. That’s what your professors are there for, and your peers understand first-hand the struggles you may also be feeling, so send an email, make a call, or write a text when you need help.
Also in online studies, repeating, revising and reviewing are the key to success. On the one hand you won't fall behind and on the other hand it will help you to remember the content of your course, which will increase your chances of getting a higher score.
It’s impossible to stay focused and concentrated for 12 hours, so make sure that you take enough breaks. It could help to set a timer for 60 minutes and then do a 5-minute break. You will feel a big difference with your renewal energy. Furthermore, it is also important to take longer breaks (eat something or take a walk). For some people it is important to maintain a balance between studying and physical activities, so it is a good idea to do some sports or take a long walk in the evening.
You don’t have to learn everything in isolation – connecting with your virtual classmates is a great idea! You can talk about problems, your online learning experience and the content of the class. You can also share study-tricks, or you can give some input for the course and engage with new ideas. It is also very important to make sure that you do not disregard behavioral etiquette on the internet.
Don’t forget what your end goal is when furthering your education. Keeping your eye on the goal will help motivate you when you’re feeling tired, overwhelmed, or simply disinterested at times. Especially during a global pandemic, it may be even more tempting to get distracted, but stay motivated by creating also short-term goals that offer immediate gratification. And don’t forget: