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Online Learning Tips

Aug 25, 2020

As you may all know, King’s is opening our doors to another academic year using a hybrid model where classes are offered online and in person.

For this week’s blog, I will be sharing with you some tips that may be of use during this time and that may be helpful for taking your classes online!

Tip #1: List all your due dates
Depending on how many courses you’re taking, it may get difficult to keep track of when all your assignments, readings, and exams are due. Instead, list all your due dates by month. Usually you have access to your course syllabus on the first couple days of school. Write out each month and list all the dates for things that are due under each month, without making separate lists for each course. You can even do a separate one for exams!

Tip #2: Libraries
Taking your classes online doesn’t always mean staying at home. For some, home can be a distraction and that’s okay! The King’s library may be open for students to take classes there in the quiet study spots. Just make sure you book your spot in the library in advance!

Tip #3: Headphones
This may seem obvious, but using headphones during your online classes can help minimize background noise and distractions. If you’re taking the kind of course that requires a lot of group discussion, having a good set of noise-cancelling earbuds with a quality microphone is a must!

Tip #4: Scenery
Try changing up your scenery for different online classes you have. This helps you get up and moving every once in a while, especially if you’re taking online classes back to back. It may also help your focus! If you’re feeling really adventurous, try standing for your entire online class to help keep you awake!

Tip #5: Distractions
This may also sound obvious, but remove all distractions around you! If you have to, bring your cellphone into another room for the duration of your class. Remove the things that might distract you and place them all in another room. If sitting in front of a window is going to distract you, try picking a room or part of your room where you get enough light but also have a wall in front of you that is not as interesting so that you can focus.

I’ve definitely had my share of online learning and its distractions and although I would rather have classes in person, we make things work because we know it will benefit us in the long run. Hopefully these tips get your online classes going for you and certainly see what works the best for you!

Yours truly,

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