You can study online without having to attend a physical classroom. This allows you flexibility and lets you schedule your study around work and other commitments. However, all of this convenience and flexibility gives you too many options as to when, where, and how you can study.
It is difficult to maintain contact with professors and other students online. These organizational tips can help you balance your online studies, family life, and work.
Looking for a quiet place to attend Class?
You can take an online class from wherever you’re located. You’ll want to find a space that is peaceful, free from distractions, and still allows you to make notes. This can be done either by hand or on your computer. A power outlet is also necessary to charge your device during class.
Classes can be recorded or live. During a live class, participants may need to turn on their webcam or microphone in order to participate. The best thing about online classes is the fact that you can attend them from the comfort and convenience of your own home. While you can see what other students and instructors see, it is important to keep an eye on your webcam.
A Work Space that is Effective for Studying
It can be tempting not to take responsibility for creating a workspace that is dedicated to school work. It is not ideal to have a study space that is already associated in some way with other activities, such as watching TV, eating, or sleeping. Instead, choose an area you are familiar with and that is associated with learning. It will grow stronger as you spend more time there. You will feel more focused when you first enter the space.
If space is scarce or you are unable to create a dedicated space for studying, you can keep your school materials organized in a rolling cart, backpack, and other portable items. It will make it easy to transition smoothly from study to studying when you already have everything organized. To be connected, your phone or computer charger should always be with you if you are frequently away from home.
Make sure your space feels comfortable
Ergonomics is a key factor in making your study space comfortable. You should have a good posture when using your study table or chair. The top of your desk should also be in line with your chest and ribs. This will allow you to comfortably rest your elbows against the desk without bending forward. A chair that is comfortable should fit the height and allow for your feet to rest flat on a hard surface such as the floor.
How to Organize Your Files
Your course materials should be readily accessible when you need them. You can either work with hard copies or digital files. However, online students have the option of having the freedom and flexibility to work digitally. Use descriptive names for easy identification.
Plan Your Time
You will need to know the details of your online course. You can hang a wall calendar in your study area and complete it once you’ve received the syllabus. An alternative is to use an online planner and set up alerts. Your studies will be easier if you organize your time.
Stay Organized Online
Bookmark the sites that you are most familiar with for your research. This will save you time searching and can be used to create flashcards and games that will assist you in learning. This site stores study aides made by other students so that you can find what you need.
Online classes are a must, and it is possible to be distracted by the internet. There are apps that will help you avoid checking Facebook every minute, watching Netflix for hours, and wasting time on other sites when you could be working. Online tools like stayFocusd can help you reduce the time you spend online.
Set up a Routine
It will help you to stick to your schedule and avoid letting deadlines get in the way. After creating a syllabus covering each class, and being clear about what is expected of you, plan your study schedule . Make sure to block out time for reading and regular study. Also, make sure you have extra time to prepare for exams and research papers.
If that is not possible, use an old-fashioned planner on paper. Or you could download a planning application like My Study App. It lets you store your schedule online so you can access your schedule from any device.
Create Support System
You can enlist the help of your friends and family in order to keep you on track with your online education. You can rely on their cooperation to make your online education more manageable.
Online classes can be a bit overwhelming, but you don’t have to be. For those who have difficulty staying organized, you can connect to other students online (or meet in person) to support each other.
Study groups can be a good way to keep yourself on track. Staying organized is part of online learning. It’s important to take action and reach out before you get in trouble.
Online classes are easier when you’re organized and have some systems in place. These strategies can help you succeed in online classes. Please let us know if they work for you.
What is Next?
Are you interested in returning to school or looking for online programs to meet your career goals? The University of Texas at El Paso offers several 100%-online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. You are invited to look into our online programs and discover what it will take for you to move on to the next stage in your professional life. Get in touch with us to find out more about our team or UTEP Connect’s online programs. An enrollment counselor will get back to you.