August has arrived and classes are coming back in session. Some schools are meeting in person but the majority of them are going virtually. Virtual classes are the safest option during the pandemic. If this is your first time taking virtual classes you might feel a little overwhelmed or confused about how to prepare for it. NC Mag has your back. Here are a couple of ways to prepare for virtual classes during this time.
Get Rid Of Distractions
Virtual classes at home come with a lot of distractions. It also depends on if you’re home alone or with your family. The distractions can cause you to miss out on classes and assignments and negatively impact your grade. Some ways to prevent distractions are picking a place in your house that is designated for your classes. This will also bring normalcy and a school vibe to your home.
Another option for creating a distraction-free environment is making sure to turn off your cellphones and television. Having those nearby can cause you to pay more attention to them rather than whats going on in class.
Being at your house gives you more freedom than you usually would have in a normal in-person class environment. When you’re in person, you have a designated time period to come to class and sometimes do your work. As well as get reminders of quizzes and when things are due.
At home, you have the freedom to wake up whenever you want but there is still a set schedule for the class. If you are easily distracted you can miss a pop quiz or an assignment. The best way to perfect time management is by using a time management app you can download on your phone.
Toggl is a perfect app to use for a time management. You can use it to track the time spent on tasks, as well as manually add entries. Keep your entries organized by team, client, project, or tag. Add notes to the description so you can recall what you were doing at a later date.
Self-Care for Virtual Classes
Staring at a computer screen for hours can be draining. Also, if you are taking more than one class with a slew of assignments, time can drizzle away leaving you stressed and unhappy. During this pandemic, there are a lot of things we are all stressing over. However, there are ways to prevent stress over your virtual classes.
Practicing self-care with virtual classes involves taking scheduled breaks throughout the day. On a normal school day, you will have a designated time to eat lunch. That shouldn’t change when it comes to your virtual classes as well. Also outside of lunch, remember to take 20-minute breaks, or breaks in between classes and walk around your room and stretch.
Make sure you are fully hydrated and keep snacks around to keep your energy up. Don’t overwhelm yourself with assignments and homework, plan them out ahead of time. Also, if you start to struggle with your assignments, make sure to check in with your teacher during their virtual hours and your classmates for help.
Overall, virtual classes are becoming the new norm for a lot of students. It can be overwhelming, but using some of these tips can help prepare you to excel in all of your classes during this time. Good luck!