Learning online can be a bit different, but we have resources to help you navigate this unprecedented time!
Finding the balance between classes, organizations, studying, friendships and sleep has always been a challenge. Time management is a skill that doesn’t come easy for most and takes a few trial and errors to truly perfect. In a normal semester, there are sporting events, concerts and other distractions from our studies, yet we still find a way to pull it together and make it through. But now, in response to COVID-19, we are all on our own with minimal social distractions, yet it seems much more difficult to find motivation and discipline.
If you are feeling this way, rest assured that you are not alone. We are all lacking the structure that many of us need, and we are all missing the opportunity of face-to-face interaction with our peers and professors. This is a new experience for all of us and everyone adapts differently. To some, this will affect them minimally. For others, the full adjustment may never happen. Online classes may not be ideal for many students, but this is what we are challenged with as of now. As engineers, we will always be challenged, and we should always be prepared to handle what comes our way. This new reality is not easy for us, our parents, nor our professors and mentors, but it won’t last forever.
Tips for handling the social distancing
There are many things to do during this time to avoid feeling lonely or lost and keep up with your academics. Studies show that during this time of social distancing and quarantine, it is best to maintain a routine. A daily routine will help you feel structured again and prioritize your online classes as you would with in-person classes. With the extra time we have away from our normally busy lives, you could pick up a new hobby, read some books or get into exercising. This is also a time to appreciate the quiet and get some much needed rest and relaxation.
Tips for tackling online classes
There are a handful of things you can do to stay on top of your online courses. These tips may help you to manage the workload and keep your focus on classes, even though it may be difficult.
- Write down important due dates and test days for all your courses in a calendar or planner
- Set up a specific location in your house to do your schoolwork each day
- Plan out a certain amount of time each day to dedicate to school
- Get ahead when you can
- Try your best to study as you would normally, maybe even more in advance
Overall, this experience is different for everyone and it’s perfectly normal to feel upset about it. As always, reach out to your peers for help and email your professors when you’re confused about their directions. Focus on your academics and do your best. This time of uncertainty will pass. Hang in there, Ags!