With many colleges considering extending online classes through this academic year, we came up with a few tips to help students stay engaged and make the most out of Zoom university.
1. Have a routine
Online classes offer more flexibility than in-person classes. Sticking to a routine and regular class schedule will make sure you don’t fall behind on lectures and assignments. It might even be helpful to block out your schedule to tackle one subject area at a time.
2. Take a break
As you go through your classes and assignments, it’s important to remember to take breaks as well. Breaks can help you focus better and be more productive. Studies recommend taking a 10 minute break every 50 minutes.
3. Stay organized
Use tools like Google Calendar or a planner to help you stay organized and on top of your deadlines and assignments. Without the accountability of going to class, you should set mini goals/deadlines to make sure you’re staying on track.
4. Eliminate distractions
Putting your phone on Do Not Disturb or at a different physical location than your study space can eliminate distractions and help you concentrate better. Tools such as Forest and Hocus Focus are also great resources to help you stay focused. Also, try setting aside a space just for studying that’s separate from where you sleep to remove the temptation to take a nap.
5. Speak up on Zoom calls and turn your video on
It might be tempting to have your video off and put yourself on mute through the entire lecture. However, speaking up on calls and turning your video on will help your professor put a face to a name now that they won’t be able to interact with you in person. It’s also easier for professors to teach when they feel like they’re talking to real students instead of a camera, and they will thank you for it!
6. Communicate often
Without in-person interactions, communication is more important than ever. Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors to schedule office hours or to ask any questions you may have regarding the course materials. Professors understand that virtual learning can have its challenges and want to be there to support you as you learn.
7. Create a group chat with your classmates
Study groups don’t have to be limited to in-person groups. Create a group chat with your classmates or form virtual Zoom study groups to help each other out!
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