8 Ways to Succeed with Online Classes and Work
Updated: May 26
Our BFF Coronavirus has forced most people into doing school or work from home.
Personally, I love it. I’ve always chosen to take a class online if it’s offered. I love getting to make my own schedule and I really love not sitting in a lecture.
But I know that’s not the case for everyone. I’ve seen so many people concerned about how they’ll pass their classes or how they’ll even motivate themselves to do the work.
So.. I figured I’d write how I’m able to do really well in school, especially with online classes.
Here are some of my tips!
Tip #1: Know when you work best - I function best from the morning to early afternoon. My mind feels fresh and I have more energy. On the other hand, at night, I’m extremely tired and have no motivation after the day. Obviously, that could be completely different for someone else - so just figure out when you work best and do it then.
Tip #2: Set a specific school/work schedule. No matter if you’re doing school or work, you need to set your work into sections. With school, I would say section time between your classes or assignments. With work, separate the time between the tasks you have to do.
Here’s an example for both:
Tip #3: Plan Ahead. Every Sunday, I look at my class schedules/work and write down everything I’ll have to do for the week. From there, I’ll section off what I need to do each day. When I do this, I make sure to do the assignment/work days before it’s actually due. That way, if something comes up or if I truly can’t find the motivation one day, I’ll have the space to take a break.
Tip #4: Work at a desk. I don’t know about you, but “working from my bed” is like code for saying I’m about to fall asleep. Once you get into a comfy spot, it’s super easy to get distracted. You’ll get tired, check your phone, turn on Netflix, etc. So - work at a desk. Putting yourself in a working environment enforces your brain to get in a working mindset.
Tip #5: Get rid of the distractions. Put your phone on do not disturb. Turn off the TV. Don’t do homework in the room where all of your friends are hanging out.
I also don’t recommend eating while doing work. Maybe it’s just me.. But I’ll end up focusing more on food than the assignment. Again, might just be me.. I don’t know.
Another thing that’s helpful for me to get rid of distractions is listening to music. Oddly enough, I can be distracted by silence (you know when it’s just too quiet?) or other noise - so music helps me solve both of those issues.
Tip #6: Study the same as you would for an in-person class/meeting. This obviously pertains more to school, but could go for work meetings as well. Just because things are online doesn’t mean that they are easier. Sometimes you won’t be able to check Quizlet. Sometimes tests are timed really quickly so they know that your answers are only coming from memory. Just study the same as if your exam was in person, and you’ll be good. I mean, you go to school for a reason.. You want to actually learn the things that you get a degree for.
Tip #7: Communicate. Email your professors (or boss). Talk to a coworker or someone else in your class. Make sure that you have the same resources and abilities that you would in an in-person class setting. Professors are there to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most of the times that I’ve emailed professors questions about assignments or a syllabus not looking right - they’ve apologized to me because they had it set up wrong! Just don’t be nervous to communicate.
Tip #8: Reward yourself. Use your reward as the motivation. You want to watch a few episodes of Vampire Diaries to see if Elena picks Stefan or Damon? Great. Do you work first. Once that’s done.. Go crazy.
Alright, that’s all I got! Online classes & work can be great once you learn to motivate yourself and manage your time right. Good luck everyone! :)