Online Classes 101: Quarantine Edition

This is definitely not a post I ever thought I’d need to make. But I think this is a time a lot of us never thought we would go through. As an asthmatic, staying isolated and safe is even more important for me. So I wasn’t completely upset with the shift to online classes for the rest of the semester from a safety standpoint. However, online classes aren’t exactly my favorite class format. They’re hard to adjust to and require a ton of effort. Here are all my tips for surviving online college classes: quarantine edition.

1. Use a Planner

Either use the planner you already have, or use some online printables. My favorite planner is the day designer and they have a free sample page you can download. Use this to input all your due dates and even block out time for your classes.

2. Make a Master To Do List

Go through all your courses and create a master to do list for each class on what you need to get done for the rest of semester. I like to them combine these lists and sort the assignments by date so I can make sure I do everything in the best possible order. This helps me keep from forgetting to complete any assignments, and helps me know what class is the best to spend my time on.

3. Create a Workspace

This is one of the best ways to be successful now that your classes are online. Create a designated space for you to complete all your school work so that you can get your work done. It can be tempting to work from bed or the couch, but these are places that we normally associate with relaxation. This will make it harder to focus on your work. A designated space helps put you in the zone to be productive when you need to be.

4. Keep Organized and Clean

Keep your workspace organized and clean. This is especially important now that we’re all stuck inside most of the day. Keeping your workspace clean will help you focus on your tasks and will keep your mood higher.

5. Take Breaks

If you feel overwhelmed or stressed out, take a break. If it’s safe to, go outside. If not, take a walk around your house/apartment. Stretch. Grab a snack. Scroll through social media. Watch an episode of your favorite show on Netflix. Do whatever will take your mind off of your classes for a few minutes.

6. Be Patient

This is the most important part of online classes. Most of your classes were probably not designed to be online friendly. This means there will be a learning curve. Not only for us but for our professors. The same professors who don’t understand how to turn off the watch next button on YouTube videos, or even unmute the video to start with. Canvas, Carmen, Zoom, and any other online services will probably be overwhelmed and crash. They’ll have glitches and bugs and issues that are completely out of your and your professors control. Be patient. Things will get better as the semester goes on and your professors will be understanding to any issues you may have.

How are you adjusting to your new online classes? Do you have any tips I missed? Let me know below!

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