How to Stay Focused While Studying for Online Classes

Feb 18, 2014

how-to-study-for-online-classesArguably, the biggest challenge associated with taking an online class is staying disciplined. When you go to a conventional classroom class, you're already "stuck" there for the period, so you might as well pay attention, take notes and get something out of it. But for an online class, which can be taken at your own convenience, there may be a temptation to get distracted from the material being presented to you.

So just how can you stay focused while taking and studying for an online class? Here are some pointers:

  • Establish a dedicated study area:
    Don't double your kitchen or dining room table as a classroom. Instead, establish a quiet workspace where you won't be distracted by any commotion in your household. An established work area is a big step in getting and staying focused for an online class.
  • Eliminate distractions:
    Simply establishing a study area is a big step in avoiding distractions. Take the extra step to make sure TVs and radios are turned off, and that your class work is the only item pulled up on your web browser. That's right, no YouTube, no Twitter, no Facebook - just your online class work.
  • Reward yourself:
    Online classes can be a real chore, so break up your study session to ensure that you're not burning yourself out. For instance, you might study for 30 minutes, then take a five minute Facebook break. Or study for an hour and reward yourself with a snack or quick phone call.
  • Form a study group:
    Take your online class to the library or coffee shop by forming a study group. Not only can a study group be a great way to interact with your peers, but it can also ensure that you're all keeping each other in check as far as work goes. A study group can hold each other accountable.
  • Take hand written notes:
    Staring at a computer screen can be take a toll on your eyes. Give yourself a break and keep a notebook and pen handy to jot notes down as your studying unfolds.

Online classes can be a challenge, which is why it's important to take the necessary measures to ensure you stay disciplined and motivated while taking them.

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