Hey everyone!! If your college is doing what most of the colleges around the country, and even around the world are doing, then you’re going to be doing online school for the rest of the semester, myself included. Although obviously this situation isn’t ideal for anyone, we all have to make the best of it we can to help the world recover from this pandemic.
As a homeschool graduate, I probably have more experience with online school than most other college students right now, who may be taking online classes for the first time. Since a lot of people are starting online classes today, I thought I would share some of my top 5 tips for online school as a homeschool graduate!
- STAY ORGANIZED. My biggest piece of advice would be to write down what you need to do so that you can keep track of what you are doing and stay organized. You can make a schedule or a to-do list, or even both; just make sure that you know what is required of you and what you need to do.
This is HUGE because when you take online school, there is so much less overhead supervision: less people reminding you of due dates, no in class exams, and nothing to physically turn in. You’re going to have to be all of those things for yourself so that you can keep yourself on track and complete all your work!
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- Have a set schedule. It’s so much easier to slack off on your work while you’re at home and not at school, and it’s also a lot harder to motivate yourself to do things. Having a set schedule, such as starting your “school day” by 10am and ending it by 5pm, will keep you from slacking off until 4pm and THEN realizing you have four assignments due that day.
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- Go to class! Like, duh, right? You’d be surprised. There is so much less motivation to go to class when your class is on your laptop, especially when it since there is a lot less accountability, but CLASS IS SO IMPORTANT. If you want to do well, you need to be in class. No, you’re not going to be able to catch up. No, you’re not going to just “google the topic” later. JUST GO TO CLASS.
- Get ready for the day. Getting dressed and doing work at your desk feels a lot different than waking up, rolling over, grabbing your laptop, and going to online class. Put on some real clothes, make a good breakfast and a strong cup of caffeine, and write a to-do list before starting to work! Getting yourself mentally ready to be “attending class” and doing work puts you in the right headspace and gives you a better chance to learn.
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- Still make time to do what you love. Whether it be hanging out with friends, working out, playing an instrument, playing computer games, it’s really important to not let college consume your whole life. When you were at college, you didn’t only go to class and study, did you? At the very least, you got out and walked between classes. Make sure to make space to do things other than school and sleep: this is not high school!
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I hope these tips were helpful to you in some form or another! Remember: you’ve got this! If you have any more specific questions about online school, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me on social media @hanneasinhannah!
Those are my online school tips! What is going on at your school? Is it cancelled? Moved online? Fellow homeschoolers/homeschool graduates: what are some tips you would give to someone who’s never taken an online class? Leave me a comment and let me know!