Online school, although it sounds like it would be a lot more relaxed than real school, is just as important than normal, everyday classes. In the past few days of online schooling, I have noticed how difficult it is to stay motivated and force myself to stay on top of all of my work. I have a bad habit of procrastinating, so I have had to figure out the best way to make online schooling work for me.
It is important to figure out what time you are most productive, and do your most difficult work then. Also figure out your attention span, or how long you can work without a break. Keep a to-do list to help keep track of the assignments and cross them off as you finish them, as it can be difficult to keep track of everything you need to do, especially with all the emails coming in from teachers. Along with this, you can create a schedule and set aside a certain amount of time each day to do work for each class.
It may also be helpful to find someone who you have classes with who you can study with. This can help to keep you motivated and will be beneficial to both of you, as you can ask each other to explain things you don’t understand. This way, you don’t have to email your teachers with every question you have. However, you shouldn’t be scared to ask your teachers for help if there is something you don’t understand. Chances are, other students have had the same question.
When you do begin your work, make sure you remove all distractions, so you can stay focused on your work. It may be beneficial to print out the notes and assignments that the teachers send you, as it is often easier to take notes on physical copies and are easier to read. Physical copies are easier to keep track of. Plus, you won’t freak out your computer by having 14 tabs of assignments open! After about 30-45 minutes of working, reward yourself with a break or a snack. During this break, you can even take a nap! A benefit of virtual school is that you can sleep when you’re tired, then be energized and ready to do your work to the best of your ability.
Lastly, PLAN AHEAD! Keep on top of your schedule and don’t procrastinate and leave everything until the last minute. It probably took you a few days to get used to this new system, but hopefully, by now you’ve gotten the hang of everything. Finally, understand that it is up to you to get your work done. No one is going to be able to force you to finish your assignments or take the online tests, but if you don’t, it will only affect you.
Even though you might miss your friends and the events that have been canceled, make sure to take time to enjoy the time off of school and getting up early in the morning. You can sleep in now! 🙂
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