This school year isn’t like any other one we’ve ever gone through. At least in the 2019-20 school year, we started off in person and moved into remote learning. From the looks of it, the entire year could be remote. Who knows when we’ll be back to in-person learning? Doing well in school is already difficult as it is, but being online makes it that much harder. Have no fear. Cece Kodak is here to help you finesse with remote learning.
Use A Planner
Using a planner is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my academic career. I’m so forgetful, but writing things down in a place where I’m forced to see everything allows me to never forget about assignments and shows me how much time I have to complete them. I’ve also noticed that I feel more productive when I’m able to check off the things that I’ve already completed. If physical planners aren’t your thing, that’s cool too. There are apps on your phone such as Notes, Calendar, and Google Calendar that you can utilize for the same effect.
Understanding Your Programs and Software For Class
Considering things have moved from the classroom to online there have definitely been major changes in terms of what programs and software are used to complete and view classwork and quizzes. Learning how to navigate this technology will be beneficial for you so that you’re able to successfully locate assignments, quizzes, and submission spots.
Find A Workspace
In order to be productive in completing assignments, you need to find a space to work. It doesn’t even have to be outside of your house. Just make sure it’s a quiet, organized area where you will have minimal distractions. If possible, make this space be outside of your bed. According to Pepperdine University Graphic, working or studying in your bed lowers your focus because “most people tend to associate their beds with comfort and sleep.”
Create A Schedule & Practice Better Time Management
It doesn’t have to be the same as your in-person school schedule, but creating a schedule allows you to be less likely to fall behind on work. Create designated times for work and study, breaks, and going to bed. Having a schedule allows you to be more productive and have more structure because you’re not doing things at the last minute.
Put Your Phone On DND
Phones can be distracting and draw your attention away from important tasks. While in class, studying or completing assignments, put your phone on “do not disturb” or in a place where you won’t be as tempted to reach for it. Everything on your phone will still be there when you get back to it later.
Hold Yourself Accountable For Completing Assignments
We’re at the stage where our teachers no longer spoon-feed us or force us to do things. This is even more true since e-learning has started. We no longer have teachers in our faces “forcing” us to do things. Hold yourself accountable for completing work for all of your classes because, honestly, no one else will. Grades matter just as much now as they have before and school should still be taken seriously whether we’re in person or behind a computer screen.
Communicate with your teachers
School is definitely more difficult than it already was before we made the switch to remote learning. The last thing any of us needs is to be confused and fall behind. Keeping an open line of communication with your teachers and professors allows you to be informed on things you’re unaware of or confused about.
This isn’t the way that any of us wanted things to be, but since we can’t do much about it, we should just try to make the best out of a bad situation. I hope you all have a great school year despite the obstacles being placed in front of us.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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