Going to an online college has its perks. It is convenient as you can attend your classes even in your PJs. It is affordable because you don’t have to spend on transportation, accommodation, and school meals. It is also flexible because you can design a schedule that fits your lifestyle.
But online learning is not perfect. Most students have moved from a traditional learning setting to a virtual one. Because such set-up is still new to them, some students find online education not as engaging as face-to-face instruction.
If you’re also struggling to keep yourself engaged with your online classes, here are ways to cope:
Keep your phone away during classes
Having your phone nearby during classes or study time is distracting. It’s wise to turn it off or put it in silent mode, then stow it away in your drawer. If you can’t keep but check your phone, bring it to another room or entrust it to one of your family members. You can get the phone during study breaks or when you’re done with your coursework for the day.
Take down notes
Another great way to keeping your engagement during online classes is to take down notes. The act of taking down notes forces you to listen and remember key concepts. Writing them down also helps improve focus and retain information. Jot notes down whether you’re listening to a real-time or recorded lecture, or reading your resource materials.
Change your scenery
Most students are cooped up at home to study, but that doesn’t mean you should face the same grey wall every day. Studying in the same scenery can sometimes get boring, so switching your surroundings up a bit may help you improve your engagement. Fortunately, online learning is so flexible that you can take your classroom wherever you go. Perhaps study from the patio for the day, or try the living room or kitchen table.
Online learners face various challenges every day. There are days when you feel you are laser-focused and productive, but there are also days when you feel bored and disengaged. Being self-aware can help you fight boredom and get yourself back on track with your coursework.