Virtual Classes: 10 Tips For Studying From Home
During this current COVID-19 pandemic, if you are studying from home and are wondering how it will impact your studies or if studying at home will hamper your productivity- then be assured that with the help of technology, and some focus, remote studying is absolutely viable.
If you are new to the idea of virtual classes and are experiencing some difficulties adjusting to it, you are not alone. We have put together some actionable tips to help guide you through these trying times.
First things first. Prepare yourself for being productive.
Studying from home doesn’t mean you can’t have a fixed routine
While studying from home, you need to stay focused and prepare yourself to pursue your studies like any other normal day. Make a schedule- wake up on time, have a fixed time for breakfast or lunch, even for a snack break. Avoid the temptation to ‘snack hunt’ every ten minutes. Also, adhere to the timelines for virtual classes, and be sure to connect and login on time to access the class. Set goals and timelines for completing your assignments. Planning and sticking to a routine are important.
Set up your own ‘classroom space’ for getting started
If you have a nice & quiet corner with a desk for studies, then make an effort to turn it into a ‘classroom setting’. Declutter- maybe put away the gaming console or your iPad, or any other distraction from that part of the room. Have a notepad and pen handy to take quick notes, and make sure your laptop or PC is near a charging point. Sit on a comfortable chair or maybe it would be worthwhile to invest in an office chair- ergonomics, a good posture, safety, and comfort will help you focus on your studies for an even longer duration.
Give yourself a sense of going to class
Like every other on-campus day, get dressed or maybe even just change into a fresh pair of clothes (you can be seen on the class screen when you are logged in or are speaking in class)- give yourself a sense of going to class. Eat a healthy meal and settle yourself at the scheduled time. Fight the temptation to study in bed- there is nothing more inviting than being in bed all day, but you are likely to more easily sleep through the class, become uncomfortable in a slouching position and do you really want your class mates to see you in bed?
Ensure a good computer system and internet connectivity
Since in a virtual classroom, training is delivered live and interactively via video conferencing software (such as TEAMS video streaming used at MCIE), do ensure that you have good internet connectivity for your laptop or PC. A slow internet or if the system hangs, every now and then will hamper the class for you. Also, ensure your system has a microphone, speakers and a camera (or invest in a good pair of headphones with microphone) for the live classes.
Inform your friends and family you are in training
Whether you are sharing an apartment with your friends, or staying home with your family, let them know about your class schedule and when you are not available to them. Virtual classes have a set time and you would need to login to join the class on time. You would need to focus for your live interactions with your trainer and classmates. You will need to focus since you will be interacting live with the trainer and other students, so make sure that you are not disturbed during the live session.
Being positive and engaged is the key
Staying from home and having our normal routines completely overturned is new to all of us. It’s a unique situation but we all need to make the most of it and keep ourselves engaged. Our virtual classes are designed to ensure that you receive the same level of quality training even from the comfort of your home. Our trainers are working extensively to ensure that you are supported to continue to participate in your training and studies even during these times.
We have put together some more tips to help you make the most of your time.
Interact during the virtual class- communication is important
Your virtual classes are delivered live and interactively, closely resembling a face-to-face-classroom. Make sure that you interact with your trainer and class mates, if you have any questions. Listening actively, replying and being alert during the live session will make the class even more interesting and engaging for you.
Take regular breaks
Between classes, make sure that you move around, even if it’s inside the house. Since you are spending a lot of time in front of the computer screen during your classes, it’s important to give your eyes a break. With break from screen time between classes, you can get back to the next session with a fresh mind.
Make time for your hobbies
While you are studying from home, it’s also important to spend some time doing activities that you enjoy. Use this time to catch up on the books that you have meaning to read or call those friends that you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Spend more time talking to your family and pick up some indoor activities or hobbies that you enjoy such as cooking, sketching or painting. Keep up with your studies and assignments but don’t forget to play.
Give yourself small targets
When studying from home, give yourself small but regular targets. Appreciate your small accomplishments and keep a daily to-do list to stay on track with your studies.
Use this time carefully and leverage your virtual classes to continue your studies as effectively as you can. Connect and interact with your trainers and classmates during live sessions, as you would do on any other regular day. Appreciate everyone’s effort, this is a challenging and difficult time for everyone. We can get through it together.
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