Summertime and the livin’ is easy, right? Not necessarily the case if you’re enrolled in online college courses during the summer months. You likely signed up for the seasonal classes to either help you catch up or get ahead in your required courses. Either way, your extra effort is commendable and will help get you closer to your goals.
However, online classes come with some unique challenges and will require some extra focus and discipline on your part. Especially on those beautiful summer days when you might be tempted to blow off your classes and hit the beach or pool. It’s easy to get distracted and get off track when your friends are partying and hitting you up to go on road trips and other adventures. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun.
With some good time management and determination, you can excel in your online summer courses and still have time for fun, sun, and friends! Here are a few tips to help keep you on course in your classes have a great summer:
Get Up And Show Up
Treat your online classes just like you would if you were there in person or showing up for a job. Sign in on time with enthusiasm and a smile. Don’t watch class from bed. Be an active participant. Introduce yourself to the instructor and fellow classmates. Reach out for help if you’re struggling or falling behind. Remember, you’re paying good money for these courses and they’re not cheap! You want to get every penny’s worth out of the course.
Studying is a must but having a designated study time and place will help you stay focused and organized. Whether it’s a workspace in your home, the library, or a coffee shop…find a quiet place that has high-speed internet and room for your books and laptop. Developing a study routine, free of distractions, in your own unique space will help you stay focused and more productive each day.
Virtual Study Group
By spearheading or joining a virtual study group, you can connect with other students with similar goals and interests as you. Not only will this serve as a great networking and support group, but you’ll make new friends and it’ll help make up for what might be a lackluster social life while you’re busy taking online summer courses.
Zoom (or screen) fatigue is real! Research has shown that sitting and staring at a screen for long periods of time can cause health problems such as headaches, eye strain, blurred vision, and even blood clots. That’s the last thing you need! That’s why it’s imperative that you take a break about every 20 minutes if possible and give your brain, your eyes, and your body a respite. Hydrate, close your eyes for a bit, and stretch your arms and legs!