With several stay-home orders and rapid changes due to Covid-19, college students are forced to adjust to remote learning — instead of face-to-face courses. It’s unfortunate that we were finally back to enjoying the college experience we all desire, but to keep us safe, online classes are back! Below, are FIVE strategies that can help students stay on track and complete course assignments each week for the whole semester. This semester will be an opportunity to prepare you for the future beyond the undergraduate experience.
- Create a Schedule & Follow It!
Many of us have professors who regularly upload course content and materials to Canvas or list all their assignments in the course syllabus. Use those due dates to help you create a planner with specific times: from when you wake up to when you go to sleep. When you plan out your days, write when you will study and when you will accomplish assignments—it should be easily manageable.
- Go to Bed Early!
Now you’ve created your planner, great! When it comes to assignments, the goal is to stick to planned materials, to try your best, and to finish it… ENTIRELY. Since most of us are back on campus, or still at home, we, as college students, would rather watch Netflix, browse social media, or go to parties. That’s all fun, but we need to get some good rest at night. Relax your mind and body for the next morning.
- Remove Your Phone!
This is one of those things that seems to be the hardest to do — even for me. However, when you remove distractions, you are able to get more things, homework, done. You don’t have to turn your device off completely, but simply turn it on silent and lay it faced down.
- Practice Safe Social Distancing & Enjoy Yourself!
Being on campus makes us want to hug our friends and attend personal study groups, but let’s all be mindful about being safe. But as children of God, we should remain to treat others with kindness and love—even from a distance.
- You Can Study Anywhere You Feel Comfortable!
You might get tired of sitting in your room doing homework and that is totally fine. While the sun is still shining brightly, go outside and get your vitamin D while finishing some assignments. If not, choose different spots in your home, or even choose a nice park that’s calm and peaceful. Whichever location you choose, make sure you continue the safety protocol of social distancing.
Vanguard Students, we’re almost done with this semester. Continue to remain strong and pray. We’ve got this!