Transitioning from Face-to-Face to Online Courses? Here Are Some Tips to Help

March 14, 2020

As you all have heard, the Coronavirus pandemic is now considered a "national emergency" for the United States. With this, many schools and universities are extending spring break, cancelling face-to-face classes, and transitioning into online courses for the rest of the semester. 

Although this is the safest alternative to avoid further spreading of the Coronavirus, many students are struggling to balance these courses on their own. Here are some tips to help you manage your time efficiently so that you will still ace your classes this semester.

Find a work space that's right for you. If you are stuck with online classes, you're going to need to be completely focused for long periods of time to finish all of your assignments, quizzes, and exams with ease. Sit at your desk, go to a library, or visit your favorite coffee shop & GET THAT WORK DONE. It's hard to check off your to-do list tasks when doing homework in bed (& then falling asleep!).

Set 30 minute timers. I recently heard on a podcast that many people use a timer method to crush their workload. If you can't dedicate your normal hour & fifteen minute class time period to do work, dumb it down with a 30 minute timer. Set your timer, crush as much as you can in that timeframe, & take a break. You'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in half an hour.

Get a planner. I preach about this constantly. Get a planner, a giant whiteboard, sticky notes– whatever it is to help to set you on track! Giving yourself due dates will help you finish your workload more efficiently, plus it helps you practice both time & project management (resume builder, right?). 

Take a break. Yeah yeah, we're millennials that stare at our phones all day, BUT looking at the screen for long periods of time will hurt your eyes, make you tired, & sometimes, just bored. To avoid this, take breaks in between assignments. Go on a walk, make a good meal, "unplug" for a moment so that you are refreshed & ready to get back to work. If you are staring at the screen for a long time, I recommend purchasing blue light glasses.

Ask for help! Take advantage of the people around you– they want to help you succeed. Professors still have office hours, even if they're digitized. Email them with questions, call friends for help, don't feel like you're alone in this! 

I hope this advice is beneficial during this hard time & will help you ace your classes this semester. Be confident in yourself & your time management skills– you got this. 

If you want to learn more about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site for constant updates.

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