Tuesday, August 25, 2020

My Top 10 Tips for Online Learning

Many schools are switching to online learning this year, and this has many students and parents worried about how this will affect their education, college applications, and home/social life. The switch to online school is a temporary one for most kids due to current circumstances with the virus. 

If this is your first time reading my blog, my name's Lauren and I grew up as a child model which meant I switched to online school for high school. 

My parents are both very traditionally educated, my dad's a lawyer and my mom works in business. My parents were also worried about how an online education would affect my education but as we went through it, we realized that this type of education is the wave of the future. I graduated from Laurel Springs School, an accredited private online school, and am now going into my junior year at Harvard University. Online school was a gift to me to be able to follow and achieve my dreams. It was the best experience, and I always made sure that school came first, which is why I'm studying at Harvard today. That being said, I know the ropes of online schooling very well and have gathered my best tips for a successful year. 

1. My first tip is to stay organized. 
Online school means that you are in control of your schedule. Therefore, you need to be a self-starter. Make a daily schedule and to do list every morning. This will allow you to see what you need to get done, so you won't miss any important dates or deadlines. If you're looking for a new daily/yearly planner, this one is really great and comes with stickers! 

Another extra tip is to make sure to keep your desk neat. This will lead you to have a more productive day. 

2. Set your alarm and wake up at the same time everyday. 
When you are doing online school, it's easy to get into the habit of sleeping in and taking naps. Keep the same schedule that you would have at a traditional on-campus school. 

3. Take a shower and put on everyday clothes. 
Don't change back into pajamas. You will feel so much more productive and less tired if you put on an outfit that you feel good in. 

4. Make time to go outside.
 Go for walks, sit outside, and take breaks. You don't want to be on the computer, all day everyday. 

5. Utilize all online materials. 
There are so many online resources that can help you with a subject or topic you are confused about. Some websites that may be helpful are youtube, Khan Academy, Course Hero, and Quizlet. Amazon has lots of helpful digital learning materials

6. Don't be afraid to ask for help. 
Some subjects are impossible to teach yourself, so don't be afraid to reach out to teachers, tutors, and online resources. When I was traveling or on set for modeling, I always had a teacher with me so I didn't have to teach myself the lessons. 

7. Don't procrastinate. 
Online school makes it really easy to get behind in homework. You will eventually have to complete everything and if you get behind, you will suffer in the end. Trust me, been there!

8. Find a quiet space to work. 
Designate a specific work space in a quiet area where you can focus. 

9. Find ways to be social.
Given that we are living through a pandemic right now, being social might include FaceTiming with friends, playing games with family, or joining an online club.

10. Limit social media and distractions. 
I have my text messages connected to my computer, so I like to turn off notifications when I'm working by clicking do not disturb. This allows me to limit distractions. I'd also recommend taking breaks. I like to use the pomodoro technique, where you study or work in 25 minutes intervals and then take a break. This way you get work and homework done, without being overworked or overwhelmed. 

I hope these tips helped you. Comment below any tips you have!

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