Set Up a Quiet Space
To ensure you participate fully as an online student, it’s best to create a space that is free of distractions and remains uninterrupted for the entire duration of your session if possible. In addition, having a clear background or using a virtual one can help you control your environment.
Take off your wall poster or cover it, and make sure your dirty laundry is not visible in the video. Lock your door for privacy, or you might end up in a similar position to this guy. Let your family members and roommates know about the class timings and ask them to avoid knocking on the door during the class.
Be punctual, log in on time
As a student enrolled in online classes, attendance still matters. You’ll want to log into whatever online platform your professor is using. Make sure your computer is charged and be ready to appear on screen in a timely fashion. Being late is not acceptable, especially as your commute is (probably) from your bedroom to the couch in your living room!
Adopt Better Online Communication Habits
You should look at your email regularly – at least once a day. If you are discussing an assignment with a professor or working on a group project, see to it that you are available on a platform accessed by everyone (e.g., Slack, Discord, etc.)
Get a Reliable Internet Connection
This is perhaps the most straightforward tip, but surprisingly, most people ignore it. Your computer and internet access are your most valuable assets in an online setting, similar to how you need pens and papers in a physical space. Therefore, get a dependable internet connection with a high speed. Besides, make sure to get this done before your online classes start, or you might have to face costly interruptions during your session.
Test your tech
Glitches in your technology mean you could miss some vital part of your professor’s lecture. Make sure the camera is stable and that your audio or microphone works. Use headphones to make sure you can hear everyone. Plug in your computer and make sure it’s charged ahead of time.
Take Study Breaks
Regular study breaks can be the key to a student’s success. When you attend school or college, breaks are already planned, but you might have to create your own breaks when studying online. For starters, set smaller breaks and plan how you will utilize them. MIT, one of the top universities in the world, recommends taking a 10-minute study break after every 50 minutes. Afterward, you can create more significant breaks of 30 minutes after every two hours. These serve as an excellent goal post and help you feel energized and refreshed in every study session.