Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this upcoming fall semester will be anything but typical for college students. Campuses across the nation will be operating virtually, which can present unique challenges for some students, including confusion, nervousness, distractions, technical issues, and a lack of in-person interaction.
If you happen to feel those negative emotions, you are not alone. In a survey of more than 400 college students whose schools recently switched over to online education, 64% of survey respondents expressed concerns about being able to focus and maintain the self-discipline needed to study remotely. From one college student to another, here are five ways I plan to cope this semester.
1. STAY ORGANIZED
Organization is essential to every college student's success. With most classes being virtual, it is critical to have a system to keep track of your academics.
To stay organized as a student, keep a detailed calendar. Add key dates to your schedule, including online meeting times for a class, due dates for assignments, and even the professors' virtual office hours. virtual office hours of professors.
2. ATTEND VIRTUAL EVENTS PUT ON BY YOUR UNIVERSITY
COVID-19 has taught the world that life can be fun virtually. That's why you should immerse yourself in some of your school's virtual events. Online activities can help connect you with new friends, relieve stress, and keep you up to date with campus news. Click here for a directory of schools that host virtual wellness events for college students. Is your school not on the list? Consider starting a team at your university.
3. DAILY ROUTINE
A daily routine can make navigating college life during a pandemic more manageable. When creating a regular schedule, be realistic, and do not over-schedule. Decide how many hours a day you will dedicate to studying and completing assignments. Be sure to incorporate time for healthy meals, fitness, and mental breaks into your calendar.
4. VIRTUAL STUDY DATES
If you find yourself struggling to grasp anything taught in class, enlist the help of your classmates. While in-person study dates may be on hold for the time being, there's plenty of ways to connect with your peers online. Schedule a Zoom or Google Hangout session to review class notes or prepare for upcoming exams together.
5. DESIGNATE AN AREA FOR STUDYING / ONLINE CLASS
Have you ever attempted to do your homework in bed only to fall asleep or be distracted moments later? I'm sure it's happened to all of us. That's why it's important to attend classes and do your work in an area that will inspire you to be productive. Try setting up a space that mimics a classroom. The area should be distraction-free and, most importantly, comfortable.