Going back to school can be a bit daunting, and doing it online can add another layer of anxiety about such an important step in your life. Technology isn’t always your friend, and trying to communicate with professors has never been an easy task—even in person. So making sure you have all you need to succeed is an important first step in the process. Here are some tips to help you get back into the swing of education, and to help ease the transition into online learning.
Give yourself a break
Instead of expecting perfection right out of the gate, give yourself time to adjust to the new style of learning and a new schedule. The bumps in the road on the way to your future shouldn’t discourage you. It will take some time to get into step with the learning styles of an online class, so do some research ahead of time so you can be prepared. Doing some research and giving yourself time to adjust will ease your transition and make the online learning experience easier.
Build relationships with your online instructor, and the other students
Opening a line of communication between you and your professor will make it easier to get the help you need. Developing that relationship will also allow you to be a more active participant, and a more engaged student, getting the most out of your education. It is also important to make connections with the other students in your class. Whether it’s an online study group or just one person to run your ideas by, it will make the environment feel more familiar. Plus, asking questions is an essential part of learning no matter what environment you’re in.
Be aware of the tone in your written communication
We’ve all had times when our texts or emails weren’t received as we intended. Developing a relationship over these forms of communication can be hard for this reason. Making sure your tone comes across the way you intended can be made easier if you have someone look over it first. Starting your communications with a friendly greeting both helps your tone and develops your relationship with the recipient.
Make a schedule and stick to it
There’s more than one way to get into the routine of online classes, but building out time in your schedule to do your school work is a great way to stay on track and to stay motivated. Some things you can do to make this schedule effective include:
- Block out time for lectures and homework separately
- Schedule breaks within your learning time
- Set time limits for assignments that end before the actual due date
- Create to-do lists that are manageable
- Set goals for yourself and make them attainable and time sensitive
Set aside a quiet space to do your work
This goes right along with making a schedule—making every part of your learning part of a routine will encourage consistency in your work, and ease the tension of an added workload on your personal life. Making a quiet, dedicated learning space is an essential part of productivity. Just like you know it’s time to work when you sit at desk in a classroom, this dedicated space will allow you to easily focus on your workload for the day.
Take some time to get organized before getting into your course work, and these tips will help you on your road to success. Get started on your journey to a degree today.