Over the course of the last year, there has been a huge shift to online learning, which can be an adjustment from in-person learning. Therefore, in this post I would like to share some tips on how to effectively learn online.
Set your schedule and manage your time
To successfully learn online, self-discipline is crucial. I recommend treating your online courses as an in-person course and attend your lectures as scheduled and prepare for your classes ahead of time. Each week, set out a plan to complete your weekly readings and assignments and stick to it. It is important that you set aside a specific and consistent time each week for lecture and study to make sure you stay on top of your assignments.
Create a regular study space – free of distraction
Since online learning provides the ability to learn anywhere including the comfort of our own home, it becomes increasingly easy to get distracted. Therefore, create a designated study space for yourself that is free from distractions. Just think of the number of times that you pick up your phone or scroll through Instagram and lose your train of thought. Our time is precious and it is important to create an environment where you can stay focused on your lectures and maximize your study time.
Create online study groups
Even though you are learning online, does not mean you can’t create study groups with your peers. Studying together can be an effective way to learn new concepts and it can make online learning more enjoyable. Try setting up regularly meetings with your group to work on assignments and study, which will also help you stay on track.
Reach out for assistance and ask questions
Ask for help. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to your professors about coursework through email or meet them virtually during their designated office hours. You can also check out Seneca’s Learning Online resource page for more academic support.