The Dos of Online Education

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.

What A Mess Of My Work System

The week I have been having – man, it’s a pain in the ass. Ok, so Monday I tried to complete the certification for a batch of new hires in Chennai, that I had been training remotely. I got that done and completed by the late evening. I tried to get the recordings done for a teachback for one of my colleagues so he can get certified for an upskill but he was too busy with other work. We tried to reschedule it for 7:30 pm but he told me that it might not work out at all. I had also asked for 2 days off, since I worked the last two Saturdays, as compensation but my manager said that I could take Tuesday off as I would be getting a new batch of new hires in Chennai to train on Wednesday.

So Tuesday I took a day off to enjoy and relax and I wanted to sleep in as well. Unfortunately, I was facing system issues on my work computer (no laptop, it is a clunky desktop). The issue was a malware that affected our network on Saturday and since I was working on Saturday connected via a VPN, my system was affected. I was told to switch it off via WhatsApp but I guess it was too late. So some of my files on the hard drive got corrupted and I couldn’t get connected to the Share folders where the majority of my files are saved. What can I say? Anyways I had raised a trouble ticket on Monday but they kept pushing it around and I actually had words with them on Thursday to get to it.

Finally someone in the local tech team accessed my system yesterday evening and after a couple of hours of trying, he declared it a lost cause. I can still access some stuff and do a bit of work but I won’t be able to get back my access to the folders and other issues that won’t seem to get fixed. The solution is to go and get a replacement CPU and bring it back here. Arrrgh! I hate having to go there for the replacement but I guess it has got to be done.