When the lockdown was imposed all over the nation, people were forced to cope with a new normal that no one loved. No matter how things were at home, that’s where everyone was stuck. Classes, offices, and even customer service all moved online while only the most essential workers in society were allowed to keep working in person.
While countless people all over the world were dealing with loss, grief, anxiety, joblessness, and much more, students were forced to cope with massive changes in the way they received their education. Not everyone did well in the new online learning environment. Many students found online learning to be ineffective, and many felt like they were essentially stuck teaching themselves. Many courses like ones that teach you how to become a registered nurse are even harder to study online without the right resources.
Others found it hard to keep up with more than the ordinary level of coursework in what are certainly extraordinary circumstances. Even moving forward, it seems unlikely that students will ever be rid of online classes and online learning, which is why it makes sense for people to wonder how to adjust to this new lifestyle.
1. Connect With Other Students
When you’re studying an online class it’s easy to feel like you’re in it alone. The social distancing measures that were previously put into place, plus the feeling of being the only one in class really takes its toll.
Make it a point to connect with your class fellows outside of class and talk to them about what happened during it. It’s more than likely that they’re going through the same issues and struggles you are, and maybe some of them even have some helpful advice to offer!
You can avoid thinking you’re in it alone by seeking out others who are in the same boat as you, which will help you in ways you didn’t even think about before.
2. Keep in Touch With Your Teachers
If you feel lost in your or you feel like you’re not benefitting much from the online classes, get in touch with your teachers and communicate your issues. They may have extra material that can help, or would be glad to help you go over the things you couldn’t cover yourself.
If you regularly communicate with them, they’ll be more likely to be flexible with their deadlines and more understanding if you miss a test or two because of one reason or the other. That can be super important when you’re dealing with things outside of work and class and just need that extra time.
3. Stay Social
By this, we don’t mean that you go out for a couple of drinks with your friends, but online classes can be a pretty easy way to let the world just fade into the background. You can get lost in the homework and the assignments and the deadlines, not having to even leave the house for any of it, and fail to connect with other people even in your own house.
As an online student during the lockdown, your number one enemy to fight is loneliness and isolation. Text your friends, have online game nights, do whatever you can to stay on top of your game.
4. Manage Time Effectively
You don’t want to end up spending all day on your online school work and let everything else melt into the background. Manage time and your assignments efficiently and make sure you take time out for yourself.
Self care has never been more important, and investing time and care in yourself may be the difference between failure and success. If your mental health is in order, you’ll only be able to work better.