Now that you’ve registered for your online class, it’s critical to prepare for your online learning environment.
Here are five ways to get ready for the first day of your remote education experience.
Set the bar high
Self-motivation is integral for successful online learning. So if you establish ambitious goals for your remote learning out of the gate, you will be more likely to be disciplined in your coursework. To underline your goals and standards, record them somewhere as a visual reminder of what you are trying to achieve.
Buy a planner
You can’t be too organized when it comes to your online learning experience. Utilizing a planner or date book can maintain important information such as class schedules or when to buy textbooks – or even which ones to buy, for example.
Plan your study time
Intentionally scheduling study time will not only help you stay organized, but it will prevent you from the stress of waiting until the last minute to get your work done. You can use your planner to record when you will study daily or weekly, whichever fits your goals. When you organize your schedule and actually put it on paper, it makes it easier to manage things like school, work and family commitments.
As important as making room in your schedule for studying is designating more than one space for studying. By varying your study spaces, you can associate learning with these distinctive locations, and this will help you recall information more effectively whether for homework or an exam.
Environmental factors are also important to consider in selecting places to study. Some people like white noise, while others need total silence to focus. For the former, a coffee shop might work better, while the latter might be better off studying at a campus or local library.
Font Size matters
Something as simple as font size can make a difference in online learning. This is particularly the case for nontraditional students over the age of 40, who might not see computer screens as well as younger students. Increasing font size can optimize learning through easier consumption of online information that won’t strain eyes and cause stress headaches.
There are many ways to prepare for an online learning experience. Cultivating your own preparation strategies can be a strategy in itself, as this allows you to forecast potential challenges in your learning and better tailor your online experience to meet your unique goals for your education.
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