School can get in the way of life, and life can quickly get in the way of school. Who doesn’t want a few tips for online learning to help them be more efficient and use their time better? This can be especially helpful for online learners because online learners want things done more efficiently, and they want it to be as straightforward, and practical as possible.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered ten tips for online learners we think will help your online learning needs!
1. Know Your Microsoft Word shortcuts.
It never hurts to learn a few corner-cutting keyboard shortcuts to get those assignments done faster! Check out Microsoft’s website for a helpful list of shortcuts.
2. Break up your studying.
Take breaks between studying and avoid cramming. If you’ve got to learn something, plan your sessions and make time for it. While cramming may work well in the short term, the information won’t stick in your brain for the long term. Our brains retain information better slowly over time.
3. Be active.
Light exercise helps your brain’s recall and long-term memory. If the word “exercise” turns you away, an exercise can also be a social activity. It doesn’t have to be a run, walk, or trip to the gym.
4. Use Google effectively.
You can find textbooks by typing in “the name of your textbook + filetype:pdf”, find in-depth knowledge by typing in “the subject matter + filetype:ppt”, and use Google Scholar to find peer-reviewed journals. You can check out our blog on Google here for more tips on using the search engine!
5. Block digital distractions.
There are plenty of applications and programs out there that you can use to block certain websites and notifications to help you focus and get to work. A lot of the ones we came across were paid options, but LeechBlock NG was a free option we found for your desktop. The downside is that it’s a browser extension, not an app, so you can get around it by using a different browser. We found the app, Forest, to be helpful with both paid and free options.
6. Sync your online calendars.
That means Google, Outlook, etc. This is so you don’t miss a due date or event by looking at the wrong calendar.
7. Download the hypothesis extension for Chrome.
This extension is used to highlight and annotate anything you’re reading. Take your notes faster!
8. Get a wifi extender.
If you find yourself working in different parts of your house and find your signal doesn’t reach certain areas, having a wifi extender is a lifesaver.
9. Wear headphones.
Wearing headphones will help drown out any excessive noise and allow you to focus on the things you need to. If there are other people around you, it will also help them from being distracted.
10. Eat before your classes.
Eating before your classes or before you begin studying is incredibly important, and though it may seem obvious, you cannot forget about your physical well-being. This will also help your focus levels, so you don’t end up starving sooner or later and end up even more distracted.
What do you think about these tips for online learning?
If you want some more tips for online learning, check out our article for productivity tips while working from home. Some of the tips there might offer some additional help!
What did you like about our ten tips for online learning? Did you find any of our suggestions helpful? Do you have any to add to our list?