How to Stay Focused With Online Classes
Transitioning from the four walls of a classroom to learning how to manage online classes can be quite an adjustment. However, it's worth it as online classes are a fantastic way to learn valuable life skills and take ownership of your studies.
If you're wondering what to expect from online academic classes, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has some tips for engaging in online classes, which we call Online Distance Learning. With a little mindset shift and some new tactics, you'll find that online classes are a fun way to practice independence and connect digitally with your classmates and teachers.
1. Create a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Studying at home means you can turn off that 6 a.m. alarm and stay up way past your bedtime, right? Not exactly. One of the most important steps for successful online learning is to sleep well and tackle your studies fully rested. While you may be able to catch a few more winks, you should establish a daily routine that starts with a good night's sleep, a consistent wakeup time and a healthy breakfast.
2. Remove Distractions
Studying from home comes with countless distractions. From family members to phone notifications, staying “in the zone” requires an enormous amount of self-discipline. Make it a little easier on yourself by keeping your distractions far out of reach. Mute your phone and put it away in a drawer. Tell your family members when you're attending virtual classes, studying or working on a project so that they can give you some space.
3. Create a Study Space
Whether it's your bedroom, a desk or a kitchen corner, decide on a quiet designated study space and stick to this spot. As cozy as it may be, we recommend keeping your bed a study-free zone! Keep your school supplies on hand and treat this study space as you would a classroom desk. This will help you stay focused and slip into a school mindset.
4. Keep a Weekly To-Do List
Without a teacher giving in-person reminders about due dates, it can be easy to let your deadlines slip by. Make a weekly list of upcoming projects and assignments, and break these down into daily to-dos. You may also want to set up alerts on your calendar to remind you as these dates approach. This will help you stay on top of your work and avoid a major headache down the road.
5. Stay Active
Spending hours on the computer can tire your eyes and hurt your posture. Don't forget to take regular breaks and get moving. If you can, take a short walk, run or bike ride to get some fresh air. Schedule in a snack break or some time to read or draw. With online classes, it's more important than ever to refresh your mind and stay active.
6. Communicate With Your Teacher
Just because they're not standing in front of the classroom doesn't mean your teachers aren't there for you. On the other side of the screen is a teacher who is rooting for you to succeed. Don't forget about this valuable resource. If you have questions or need help, your teachers or school administrators are likely just a phone call or email away.
Discover a New Kind of Online Learning at Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Under normal circumstances, Wilbraham & Monson Academy offers online learning through a Virtual High School platform. Our students receive full support and oversight from our faculty members for an independent yet guided educational experience. With students from around the world, we're proud of the innovative minds and exceptional potential gathered in our in-person and digital classrooms.