How to Ace Online Learning During the Pandemic

USA Today reports that university, college, and community college administrators aren't really sure whether their educational facilities will be open to students in the fall, due to the pandemic, but online learning may be a possibility. It will take some time before things normalize, but high technology will make it possible for many students to learn from home. While online learning is convenient — as well as necessary right now — there are some tricks that students can use to get the most out of their online learning experiences. Staying on top of online learning is one of the keys to feeling powerful, positive, and productive during the coronavirus crisis.

Record online lectures and meetings

You've probably heard a lot about Zoom lately. It's one platform that people are using to meet virtually during the pandemic. Zoom is not the only option, but it's a popular one at the moment. Zoom has been around since 2011 and it comes with tools for audio and video conferencing, as well as chat and collaboration. It's possible to record Zoom audio and video, and doing so will be a great way to retain facts and knowledge. With Zoom, that's as easy as hitting the “record” button on the top toolbar. Other platforms for video/audio communication online have similar features.

If you don't record lectures, chats, and other aspects of your online academic life, you may wish that you had later on, when you need to find information that you've forgotten. So, start recording early on. Your records will be there for reference when you need them. Also, back up your digital files frequently, just in case.

Get help with your studies online

College essay assistance is out there online, so you don't need to worry that you can't go and meet a tutor in your own community. If you're finding it tough to write a paper or need help with other elements of academics, look for guidance online. A great college essay assistance platform or tutor will be able to make recommendations that polish and refine your work. If you want to improve on your own, some main tips include writing the introduction when the rest of the paper is complete, making an outline to guide your efforts, and punching up a first draft based on a thesis statement. The thesis statement should explain the main point of the paper. Also, carefully review all instructions. For example, does the paper need to be written in AP style, or another style? Make sure you understand the instructions, from writing style to formatting, because getting these things right will help you to get a better grade.

Manage your time sensibly

With online learning, the threat of procrastination looms larger. When students are social distancing at home, it's all too easy for them to get involved with distractions, from video chats with friends to texting to Netflix. The key to fighting procrastination is creating a schedule that is structured. Your online learning time should be priority one. Time for writing papers and general study is also very important. A digital weekly schedule that also includes enough time for adequate rest, exercise, and meals will keep you on track. You should also tackle tough tasks early in the day when you're feeling fresher (after coffee, of course). If those tasks are daunting, break them up into a series of smaller tasks that don't seem as overwhelming.

When you record your lectures and other online chats and conferences, get help with academics online, and manage your time sensibly, you'll be mastering the art and science of online learning. Sure, it's an adjustment if it's new. However, it's quite simple to structure time in a way that promotes efficiency and productivity, as well as a healthy lifestyle.