6 Tips for Online Class Success
- Nov 10, 2020
We are living in some strange times. Most of our lives have changed drastically, one of the most dramatic being how we learn. The majority of classes—whether they be for college, a master’s program, or even the dreaded LSAT—are now online. Fortunately, Blueprint revolutionized online LSAT prep long before this, through an on-demand LSAT course and live online LSAT classes. Still, it can be a challenging transition, especially for those who enjoy the in-class learning environment. So, for that reason, I—as an online LSAT instructor—decided to put together a list of tips for online classes to really make a difference and guarantee success!
Tips for Online Classes
1. Treat an online course like a “real” course.
Just because you can take this class while eating cereal in your pajamas, does not mean you should. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I love more than Cocoa Puffs on a lazy Monday morning. BUT in order for your brain to turn on and retain any of the information, you must maintain at least a small part of your normal routine.
2. Create a regular study space and stay organized.
This might seem like a non-essential tip for online classes and you might even be thinking “yes, my bed is my new study space” but that would be a very bad thing. Do you know how easy it is to start looking up non-class related material, especially from the comfort of your bed? VERY EASY! (I may or may not be speaking from personal experience.) Trust me when I say that you need to try to set up an actual study space and use it. Stay organized by using a planner and calendar that’ll help you keep track of your due dates, homework assignments, and exams.
3. Figure Out How You Learn Best.
Once you’ve set up your study space, it’s important to ask yourself how you can maximize your own productivity. Are you a morning person or are you more of a night owl? Keep that in mind when you’re constructing a study schedule and set aside the time that best works for you. Are you a visual learner? If so, get a small whiteboard and draw things out. Do you learn through repetition? Make flashcards that you can use throughout the day to help keep whatever you’re studying in mind!
4. Hold yourself accountable.
This one may be a little tough, but you should be tough on yourself! Online classes are great due to their flexibility and the fact you can learn when you want, how you want, where you want. But to actually be able to study, we need to eliminate any and all distractions (siblings, TV, friends, etc.). No professor is scanning the room to see whether you’re doing your work, writing down notes, or to call you out when you’re watching videos on TikTok when you should be paying attention. It’s your job now to be both student and disciplinarian.
5. Actively participate.
This is such an important step. Engage in the class! If there’s a chatbox – chat away. If there’s a Q&A box – ask away. Communicate with instructors and fellow students. Don’t let yourself zone out and turn on Netflix in the background. Do everything you can to be present for class and retain the material. The best way to do that is through participation. If possible, create a virtual study group with your classmates. Just because you’re online doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from sharing study tips and notes with them. Staying engaged is the BEST way to succeed and what better way to do so than by staying in contact with your classmates?
6. Practice time management.
Do not procrastinate. Just because you don’t have to get up in the morning and go to school does not mean that you’re on vacation! Classes are still going on, lectures are still being taught, grades are in jeopardy, and finals are coming up. Don’t let the ability to sleep in lull you into a false of security. There’s work that needs to be done and you’re the one that needs to do it! Dedicate some time each day for homework or class-related activities.
Hopefully, these tips for online classes will help ease some of your Zoom pain points. You’ve got this! And no matter what happens remember to keep a good attitude. Don’t let quarantine, this pandemic, or not being able to get out and socialize get you down. Stay motivated and remember your end goal! Celebrate the small victories along the way and you’ll succeed in online classes in no time.
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