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Tips to Ace your online classes

1. Make a master list

It would be very helpful to start your day or your week with a master list of tasks you need to complete. Use a piece of paper and do a brain dump of things you need to complete and goals you would like to achieve. Cross things off as you go!

2. Structure your days

Give structure to your day by using a diary or calendar to plan for online classes, dedicate some time to studying, allocate time for exercising and eating, and put time aside for breaks to speak with family and friends, listen to music or watch a TV show! Before making a plan of how you want your days to look like, make sure that you copy the uncompleted tasks from your master list into your diary or calendar and find a suitable time to complete them and cross them off from your master list. Your brain likes structure, even though it may be hard to motivate yourself now, getting into a routine gives your day some predictability which can help you feel safer during this uncertain time.

3. Keep track of deadlines

Make sure that you put all the due dates to your planner, or whatever tool you use.

4. Set-up a good study space

If you haven't got a study space, now is the perfect time to set one up at home! Whether it be at a desk or at the kitchen table, try to ensure that you have separate spaces for sleeping and studying, as this will improve your productivity and improve your sleep.

5. Attend your classes

Attendance is still very important when taking online classes. While the classes are recorded, attending is very helpful as you can participate in discussions and ask your questions. Attending your classes also keeps you in the loop as to what is going on in the unit. For example, your professor may post some interesting articles or remind you of an upcoming assessment that is due in the near future. Most professors are very involved in the course discussions and they often give pointers as to how to improve assignments.

6. Make a study group

Studying online can be dull sometimes, so if you can, we recommend having a Skype or zoom session with some friends in your unit or course to make it a bit more fun. You can quiz each other, flesh out concepts together and motivate yourself to keep up to date with content. If you don't have a study group, don't stress! You can meet other people from your course or unit through our Facebook page or the pages created for each unit every trimester.

7. Use the Pomodoro technique

  • Decide on the task you want to finish.

  • Set a timer to 25 minutes.

  • Be super focused and work on the task for 25 minutes. Allow no distractions!

  • Take a short 5 minute break.

  • After four of these Promodoro sessions, take a 20-30 minute break.

  • Repeat the process as many times as needed.

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