People now perform work operations, business activities, religious gatherings, and even class instruction online. Class instruction has shifted from residential learning to virtual learning through online classes. To guarantee that learning takes place, how should you prepare for your online classes?
Let’s no longer talk about practicing time management and creating a study schedule because I’m sure you already know how to work those things. Here are other online class tips for students to incorporate into their learning strategies:
Get Realistic: No one had enough time to lay out the groundwork to create the best online learning experience. Some of your instructors are still new to this learning environment. Thus, be realistic in your expectations once you enter your very first virtual class. Treat it in the same way that you would in your face-to-face classes.
Plan Ahead: Before classes start, set goals to check in with yourself weekly. Also, get familiar with the virtual classroom tools that you will be using in the coming months. Orient yourself with the virtual environment, much like you are orienting yourself with the actual school campus.
Optimize Connectivity: Internet connection is a tricky thing, especially here in the Philippines. Acknowledge the fact that you may experience slow speeds and even get disconnected at some point. So, make sure that you do everything possible to avoid such circumstances. Ensure your laptop is hard wired to the router, or place yourself near it (if you are using WiFi) to achieve the best connection. Have a smartphone ready as a backup too to set it up as an emergency router through hotspot connection.
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Keep Things Proper: Beware of what others may see and hear from your end. Before joining a class, check your surroundings. Otherwise, you may accidentally show things that should have been kept private. Additionally, dress neatly and speak correctly. Inform your family members about your online class so they can also be mindful of what they say or do in the background.
Keep Calm: Meeting online is genuinely a new environment for most learners. However, this nervousness does not apply to learners only. It would help if you remembered that most of your instructors are new to this field, too. Keep calm and enjoy the fresh experience.
Minimize Distractions: While in a class, remind yourself that you are there to listen and learn. So, keep away from games and opening unnecessary tabs and focus on the discussion instead. Turn off your notifications and place your phone on Silent mode to keep from getting distracted.
Learn How to Send PMs: If you need to ask someone a question that everyone does not necessarily need to know, you can send that individual a personal message (PM) through the platform’s chat feature.
Mute Unnecessary Audio: Similar to when you were in a physical classroom, speak only when needed. During a virtual class, turn off your microphone when you are not asked to speak to avoid interrupting the speaker.
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On a final note, participate in the discussion actively. Despite the lack of physical interaction, remember that you are there to learn. Your class instructors can only do so much from beyond their screens. Once they have given you the needed information and tools, you should be responsible enough to develop your knowledge and advance your skills to perform well the tasks assigned to you.
We hope you learned a lot from these online class tips for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow WhatALife and keep yourself informed and updated!