In a couple of weeks, many people will be starting a new college semester. It’s definitely going to look a lot different from other semesters. Due to COVID-19, some schools have gone exclusively virtual. As someone who has completed their last semester of college online due to COVID-19, I thought it’d be helpful to share some tips for successfully completing online classes.
Jot Down all due dates
As soon as you get your syllabi, record all due dates somewhere. I suggest a planner or calendar. When my classes transitioned to online, I had to use both. I used my planner to help me create my daily task sheet. My wall calendar helped me visualize how close or far apart each due date was.
Have a dedicated work time
Unless your professors have designated times for their virtual lectures, you might be able to set your own work schedule. If that’s the case, be sure to make note of the times where you’re most productive. Use that time to knock out your school work and make sure you stay consistent. If you’re like me and like to bask in slow mornings, set an alarm
During your dedicated study time, put your phone away. Pick a workspace, if possible. Finally, plan for breaks. If you have trouble doing any of these things, try the Pomodoro technique. My favorite apps are Be Focused and the Forest app.
Check your email regularly
This is a must! Things are changing every day with COVID-19, so it’s important to stay up to date with your school’s guidelines and course information.
Give yourself some grace
If you don’t meet your expectations one day or aren’t super productive, don’t beat yourself up. After all, we are in the midst of a pandemic. Should you get behind in your work, check out this post.