This month, more than 24 million Filipino students started a fresh school year not inside the campus, but in the comfort of their homes as learning goes online. While some are adjusting well, there are still students who are trying to get a hang of distance learning. Countless distractions at home cannot be avoided: the doorbell ringing, the neighbors playing loud music, the internet being cut off, and so on. Paying 100% attention can be challenging, but trust us, it can be done.
Here are 6 tips to help you improve your focus on virtual learning:
Make a daily checklist.
“Ask yourself what you hope to accomplish in your course each day,” said LinLin Xia of online course provider Coursera. Online studying can be overwhelming (as some terror profs can give a bulk of papers to read and write everyday), but you can be organized with your daily goals if you list them down on your phone or in a notebook. Making a checklist will make you set priorities that need your urgent attention, and helps you set aside other tasks that can be accomplished later in the week.
Establish your visibility.
Make sure your webcam and microphone work, and your professors and classmates can see and hear you. In this way, you create a connection with the whole class, creating rapport and academic synergy even online.
Listen and participate.
It’s the basic rule in class. Your professor might be adjusting to this new normal way of teaching, too. What better way to give him/her props than to listen and participate in lectures? Take down notes, read your modules, and recite. Ask questions. Seek clarifications. Listening and participating are the best ways to show how enthusiastic you are to learn more.
Avoid social media.
The main distraction from online learning can also be found online: social media. It’s tempting to browse your feed once in a while, so to stay focused, block Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on your browsers during school time. Stick to your virtual classroom.
Take short breaks.
Online classes can get hectic, but remember: you can always take a break. Breathe in, breathe out: stand up in between classes, count one to ten, take a quick breather, then continue. These short periods of you “doing nothing” can help you energize more for your next class.
Eat honey and drink milk.
Sitting in front of a computer for hours can be harmful to your health, but eating honey and drinking milk will boost your immune system. High-quality honey contains multiple antioxidants, which have been linked to reducing risks of heart attack, stroke, and some types of cancer.
Milk, on the other hand, also has high nutritional values that are good for the body—most especially your teeth and bones because of calcium. Honey and milk are good school treats that can instantly perk you up in class.
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