Since COVID hit there are many areas in which things haven’t been the same. One of those is the university. In addition to some pretty weird shift systems, online classes have also been introduced in some schools to allow lessons to be able to continue safely. Here are some tips to help with the adjustment to online classes in your first year of school.
You Don’t Have To Be A Tech Whiz
One of the first things that you should keep in mind when thinking about online classes is the fact there isn’t a steep learning curve. The online portals like UG’s Sakai are not too difficult to navigate and when you do run into trouble, asking your peers for help is usually an easy (and the right) fix.
Don’t Miss Your Classes
When your universities classes are online it becomes harder for your lecturer to track attendance. Or in most cases, the lecturer just doesn’t feel the need to. That means that it’s quite easy for you to miss a class or two without anyone noticing. However, the fact that classes are incredibly easy to miss doesn’t mean that you should miss them. You would be surprised how many questions show up in exams that aren’t in the slides.
Get Rid Of Distractions
When you’re in a real life lecture hall, you get self-conscious when you’re using your phone because you know that there’s a chance that your lecturer might see. However, when your video is off and your mic is muted, you could even watch a movie and no one would know. Staying focused during your online lectures can take conscious effort. Hide your phone in a drawer and put away any other things that could potentially be distractions.
One advantage of online lectures over in person classes is that even if there are over a hundred people in your class, you can still ask the lecturer a question directly. All you have to do is “raise your hand” and it’s like you’re speaking with your lecturer one on one. You should take advantage of that and clear up any misunderstandings that you may have.