The Shepherd’s Tips for Online Classes
The past two weeks have come with many abrupt changes. As schools nationwide turn to online classes for the rest of the semester, it’s normal for students to feel stressed and anxious. Since online classes can be more of a struggle for some than others, we wanted to provide some useful tips for adjusting to new methods of learning. We hope this helps!
Find out what schedule works best for you.
Do you prefer to continue the same schedule as before when attending face-to-face classes? Are you most productive at night, or bright and early in the morning? One good thing that can come out of online classes is that you have more flexibility to create a schedule that works best for you. Take time to figure out what times you are at your peak for productivity and run with it.
Lists!!! Calendars!!! Calendars and lists!!!
Creating a to-do list is a great way to visually see all that you need to accomplish, and it can keep you from becoming overwhelmed. Take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to go over what you need to get done and write it down. Checking assignments off the list will help you feel better.
A calendar is a great way to see “the bigger picture” for the month, and helps give you more time to plan out when bigger projects are due or when you have a test. No more last-minute homework assignments or scrambling to finish a paper you forgot about!
(Try to) Keep your workspace clean.
Once you’ve created your ideal spot for working on classes, make sure to try and keep it clean. Clutter can cause extra anxiety and disorganization can lead to missed assignments. When you’re done with a class, put the books needed for it away. A clean and organized desk at the end of the night makes it easier when you’re ready to start classes the next morning.
Have a technology basket.
We know, we know. We probably sound like your parents when you were back in middle school—all electronics on the kitchen counter by 9 p.m. However, in a world dominated by the latest technology, it’s easy to get distracted from your school work—or any work for that matter. A technology basket will help keep your electronics out of sight, therefore out of mind. Plus, the faster you get your work done, the faster you can spend time on your devices!
Find your “flow” music.
Many students listen to music while they study and do homework. However, it’s important to find music that isn’t distracting and helps you get into the “flow” of schoolwork. Our Blog Editor, Rachel, likes listening to lofi hip-hop beats—no lyrics makes it easier to concentrate, in her opinion. Whether it be instrumental, your daily playlist, or coffeehouse hits, finding that sweet spot where your music helps you zone in on your work is crucial.
Reach out to your professors when you need help.
This is also a big change for them, too. Odds are, your professors are going to be very understanding and flexible while you adjust to this new way of learning. If you need help, don’t hesitate to shoot them an email or request for a one-on-one video chat. They’re here for you, and want you to succeed.
Need a break? Curl up with a copy of Sheepshead Review!
The first week or two of getting used to online classes may be difficult; don’t beat yourself up about it. Take a break when you need to. Make a cup of coffee, light your favorite candle, and read your favorite journal of arts! Rest, and then come back to your work feeling recharged and ready to continue. That’s much better than starting blankly at a screen over a difficult assignment. And don’t forget to practice self-love, too. (You’re doing great!)
We hope that you stay safe and healthy during these crazy times. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and crush your online classes. We are in this together!