The switch to virtual learning has been tough on all ages and grades. However, one demographic that is entirely more affected by this change is college students.
Your typical college students has quite an active and busy lifestyle. They choose the times and days they prefer to attend class, and study late into the night. Additionally, some are active on campus, and even working a part-time job. With in-person classes at a halt, these usually active students are forced to stay home and attend class through virtual methods.
Challenges of Studying from Home
Learning from home could lead to procrastination and immense boredom. For one, the environment is not the same. There may be countless distractions in your home, depending on with whom you reside and the neighborhood.
Many students prefer a distraction-free environment to properly focus on the material covered in class, which is why college lecture halls are often the optimal choice.
Scheduling and Finding a Balance
One simple yet somewhat tricky way to stay on top of your classes during this trying time is to find the balance between your classes and personal life. As such, scheduling is essential. If you have deadlines to meet, include them in your schedule and set certain days of the week to work on your assignments.
It is best to schedule an hour of studying per day to learn the proper material.
Check Your Lessons in Advance
One sad truth is that teachers may not be able to teach to their fullest capabilities over virtual classrooms. The lack of chalkboards and face-to-face instruction makes personal interactions and asking questions entirely more difficult. Not to mention, most people were not prepared for this sudden change.
To combat this, students should review future material in advance before attending a virtual lecture. Self-study is one of the most beneficial concepts to master during online learning. Consider reviewing the material, testing oneself, and clarifying any questions one may have with the professor.
Time for Other Activities
Once you have found a successful way to study for your classes, the next step is to set aside time for other activities.
For instance, no matter what age a student is, being at home for some time guarantees that the student will be tasked with chores around the house. In addition to chores, students may find themselves wanting some downtime to work out, watch movies, video chat with friends, or play video games.
Schedule your “ME Time” into your calendar and plan your day accordingly. This allows for a more productive and overall, satisfying day.
Staying on Track for Graduation
The future holds endless uncertainties, and online learning has only served to increase them. Being a college student means you must take the required classes each semester to graduate on time.
Learning remotely has caused students to ponder taking a gap year and fewer classes per semester in fear of not performing well. While this may seem a great idea, prolonging your education is prolonging your entry into the job market. It might be more beneficial for you to complete your classes on time. Doing so during periods of hardship looks great on a graduate school resume or transcript.
Understand That You Are Not Alone
Being unable to work or attend school can be very frustrating for some students who have become accustomed to their freedom during their time at college. This could affect your mental health, self-esteem, and a lack of motivation.
While you may feel like you are alone during these times, it is important to remember that you are not. The entire world is coping with online learning and working remotely as our lives and social interactions are put to a halt. Don’t let yourself be affected by the situation. Otherwise, your well-being and performance could decline.
Finding the Right Support and Resources
You have a range of resources available to you should you need support in these times.
Telehealth has recently become a widely sought-out resource. Clinicians and therapists are available for appointments only a call away. Numerous universities are also offering programs that will financially support you if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation.
If you don’t feel comfortable reaching out to another person about your issues, think about creating a trust-network within your closest friends and family. By being there for others and being able to rely on them, you are not only keeping your mental health in check. You’re also helping those closest to you.
Completing your college classes online could be a breeze when you have the right mindset and plan your schedule effectively. Additionally, don’t be afraid to reach out to others for support. Remember, we are all in this together.