Since the Ministry of Education has extended the closure of schools, classes have to continue to be conducted online. For many, virtual learning is nothing new and makes for an easy transition but for others, they’re still getting accustomed to it. Here are a few tips that will help your classes go smoothly. 

1. Check Your Audio And Visual Settings For Classes 

There have been so many memes of people forgetting to mute their mic or turn off their camera during online meetings or classes and having embarrassing encounters. Be sure to check that your mic is muted before you join your class - whether it’s on Zoom or Skype and keep your camera off if you don’t wish to have your surroundings or self seen. If you don’t live alone, having a good headset will help eliminate noise from your surroundings so you won’t interrupt your class and allow you to hear better. 

2. Take Notes During Lectures 

It has always been important to take notes during lectures but now that you have to learn remotely you no longer have the freedom to go to lecturers or tutor for face to face follow-ups. With teachers having to put more effort into revamping their lesson plans from face-to-face to a virtual format they might now have less time for one-on-one consultations, even over the phone. Since you’ll be doing classes via your laptop or tablet you can either make audio recordings for transcribing afterwards or type throughout the lecture or go old school and bust out your notebook and pen.

3. Set A Study Schedule and Routine 

Being at home will make it tempting to get off track but a proper study schedule and routine will help. Knowing what you’ll be focusing on at what time will get you into a groove that you can easily follow. If possible, create this schedule to mimic your previous study schedule that you used during in-person learning. One of the best ways to avoid mental fatigue is to study in short bursts such as 30-minute increments, taking a 20-minute break and then going back to studying. 

While everyone is getting accustomed to this new situation, you cannot afford to let it affect your education. With these tips we’re sure you’ll be better able to continue learning from home!