Online learning has very distinct challenges that students in traditional schools don’t have to face. So how do you go about improving your studying habits and getting an effective study session in when you’re an online student?
Check out our favorite study tips for online schooling. Try a few out for yourself and see what works the best!
1. Understand the Expectations of Online Learning
Although it can be tempting to think that online learning might be “easier” than learning in a traditional education environment, that’s not always the case. It’s more convenient and easier in some ways but more challenging and demanding in others.
2. Build Discipline and Consistency
When it comes to online learning, self-discipline and consistency are absolutely crucial in order to be successful, maintain good grades, and meet your personal academic goals. Start by establishing a general schedule of when you would like to study. Similar to how students at a traditional school go at specific hours, if you can set specific hours for yourself every day it will become routine, making it easier to stay on track with your studies.
3. Participate as Much as You Can
Most online schools have a forum for students and teachers, or some other kind of “virtual environment” that you can get involved in. If given the opportunity, do your best to get involved in the community of students and teachers. This helps you to get to know your peers and not feel as alone and it helps you build connections with the teachers.
4. Create a Dedicated Study Space
Right in line with building discipline and consistency, having a dedicated study space will allow you to develop a positive routine and other study habits when they’re associated to a specific study space. You can even take it even further by decorating or organizing your study space in a way that makes you feel more comfortable or focused while you’re at your favorite space.
If you share your study space with other people, it would be beneficial to you as a student if you can establish clear boundaries with other family members. For example, while you’re at your study space, you can ask to not be disturbed unless it’s important. Tie this in to having a specific schedule and routine and you can prevent being disrupted and distracted during your studies.
5. Have Clear Goals and Objectives
It’s always helpful to have clear goals and objectives in anything that you want to make progress or succeed in. When setting your academic goals, make them specific and tangible. You want to be able to say “yes” or “no” to whether or not you completed your goal.
An example would be to try and get a certain grade in all of your classes. At the end of your grading period you can look back and determine whether or not you succeeded.
But by having a clear goal in the first place, it makes it easier to keep track of as you go from start to finish throughout the school year or semester.
6. Get Help When You Need It
Never feel like you have to do everything on your own when you’re struggling. Teachers, parents, and even other students and friends can help you with your academics if you find yourself struggling. There’s nothing wrong with being challenged, getting overwhelmed, or feeling like you don’t know what to do. Everyone goes through periods like that in school and in life.
One of the best things you can do is to simply ask for help! Most people, especially teachers and other trusted adults, are more than happy to talk to you, listen to what you’re struggling with, and help you find a way to work through it.
7. Take Regular Breaks
If you ever feel like your focus is starting to wane, take a break! Focus and concentration can start to slip after a certain point of studying non-stop, so it can be beneficial to get up, jump around, go for a quick walk, get a drink, or anything else to get your body moving after sitting for so long.
Contact us today to learn more about online schooling and to see if it’s right for you. Our team will be happy to answer any questions that you have about online schooling.