Getting The Most Out of Your Online Classes

With the newly mandated stay at home orders that are taking place across the country, the majority of schools have transferred to a form of online schooling. Whether teachers meet with students through Zoom, talk over Email, or use an online classroom such as Google Classroom, students across the country are developing problems with the adjustment to online school. We have compiled some useful tips in order to help you or your student to better adapt to the struggles that come with learning on a new platform.  

How to Get the Most Out of Your Online Classes

Struggling With Motivation?

Motivation can be a tricky thing to come by nowadays, sitting at home all day has its benefits but getting back into the swing of things can be super difficult. Here are some proven ways to get more motivated to work while stuck at home.

  1. Mimic your old schedule at home. Begin by waking up around the same time that you did when you attended school in person, if you enjoyed coffee or tea in the morning, do that too! Start working around the time that you would go to class, setting aside specific times in which you work on each subject can trick your brain into work mode. 
  2. Humans are creatures of habit, make a to-do list at the beginning of each day to map out all the work you have to finish before the day’s over. 
  3. Try out new study methods. The Pomodoro method is great for keeping motivation at its peak. To use this method, set a timer for 25 minutes, after the timer goes off, allot yourself a 5 minute break to refresh, then repeat. Simple as that. If you find a specific subject boring, try alternating subjects you don’t like as much with subjects you find interesting. 
  4.  Most importantly, if you can, AVOID WORKING FROM YOUR BED! It can be tempting to want to do your math homework from the comfort of your covers, but setting aside your bed for the use of sleeping only will help you get your sleep schedule back on track and prevent you from taking a mid-math nap.

Having a Difficult Time Learning with Online Lectures? 

There are resources to help students in any subject. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Check your school’s bulletin for resources in your area. You are not alone, many students across the country are struggling with learning exclusively online which is why many school districts are now offering free tutoring for registered students. 
  2. If your school district does not offer peer tutoring or other options, there’s still help out there. There are many online tutoring options ranging from video calls to live chat with various pricing. 
  3. Can’t afford expensive online tutors? That’s ok too, websites such as “Learn to Be”, accept students that receive financial aid and reduced lunch fees.
  4. Email your teachers! Most teachers are available by email and are more that willing to help with a question or two

Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out

The new ways of school is going to take a while to get used to, not only for students but for teachers as well. If you feel as though your teachers or the administration could be doing something to support you and other students don’t be afraid to reach out to them. As we all are learning the ropes of online schooling it is vital for student input to make the transition as seamless as possible. If you feel you could give insight that has the potential of making your experience or the experiences of others better email a staff member!

Take Deep Breaths. Remember That It’s All Temporary.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the craziness going on in the world right now. But’s okay to take this time to better yourself, whether you’re happy about the isolation or not, this prolonged alone time can serve as a way to better yourself. Take a deep breath, take a mental health break or two, it’s okay. Learn a new language or pick up a new skill. Fill your time with ways to better yourself, internally or externally, it will be over before you know it and soon enough you’ll be back to that Middle School or High School grind.

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