Last Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Most students are currently adjusting to online classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. While switching to e-learning may come easy to some, this is a huge change for others. Either way, you’re now dealing with all your in-person classes being cancelled, professors requiring virtual meetings in Zoom or Google Hangouts, and the uncertainty of your future classes.
Since we don’t know how long you’ll be learning online, let’s work toward getting a grip on this new way of learning. Student vlogger Isabella has four tips on how you can make the most of your online classes and continue getting a great education.
Top 4 tips for online learning
1. Write down your assignments and stick to a routine
Keep writing down all the assignments you have due on your phone or in a planner so you can keep track of everything and cross off tasks as you finish them to keep you on track. Even though you’re at home, keep planning out your day as if you’re still at school. Wake up early and get yourself ready for the day so you’ll be more productive instead of waking up right before you have to log on and start working.
2. Figure out how and what works best for you
Whether you use a computer, laptop, or just a phone, make sure you find a way to participate in all your online classes. Also, make sure whatever you use has a working microphone and camera; your teachers want to hear and see you. This will help with your participation points, which could bump up your grade in the end—not to mention, it’s unlikely you won’t ever have a question you want to ask, so make sure you have equipment that allows you to properly communicate.
3. Do all your assignments
This seems like an obvious tip, but sometimes you need a reminder that your grades still matter. So participate in and actually finish all your classes. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but one thing we do know is your grades and classes still count toward getting into college. You also don’t want to be rushing at the last minute to finish your assignments, so just keep on top of them as normal.
4. Really study for your AP exams
AP exams are going to be a little different this year, and while you’ll be taking them online, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to study. In fact, taking them in a nontraditional testing atmosphere could be more difficult with at-home distractions. Be prepared and confident in your knowledge of your subject before the test rolls around so you can do well.
The CollegeXpress Team wishes you all the best in your classes, and we hope you finish out the year confident and strong!
For more advice to help you through this stressful time, check out our coronavirus resource page.