As many schools transition to online learning, some of us may find it difficult to suddenly change how we learn and adapt to this new environment. Some of us may not have the resources to study or do homework. Here are a few tips that you may find useful during this transitional period. Included below are also numerous resources for affordable/free wifi as well as technology resources. If you or anybody you know needs these resources, be sure to utilize them or at least share them to whoever may need them.
1. Find the study method that works for you. Everyone has a different study method that suits them. Active recall is one study method that involves actively doing something to ensure that you remember the information that you studied. To utilize this method, you can use quizlet, a free tool that allows you to make flashcards and quiz yourself in practice and test mode. Once you discover what study method works best for you, it will become significantly easier to continue studying and remember the content that you studied.
2. Use “study with me” videos “Study with me” videos are videos that you can find very easily on YouTube. The videos have different styles such as ASMR, light rain in the background, or light conversations. These videos can help you relax and keep you focused.
3. Get a planner Using a planner helps you stay on top of your assignments and their due dates. Writing everything down, periodically checking it, and checking off the things that you have already done will help you keep track of your assignments and create a timetable to ensure that you get everything done in a timely manner. Planning and allotting a specific amount of time to assignments will also help you free up some time to do other things.
4. Check if your school offers tutoring sessions Some universities offer tutoring sessions to their students who many need help with their subjects. Check to see whether your university offers such a program and make use of it if you are struggling with your classes and need some extra help.
5. Check if your syllabus has any resources Similar to tip #4, check to see if your teachers have provided any resources on your syllabus. They may have tutoring or library resources for students to utilize.
6. Take breaks Keep in mind that it is important to take a break every once in a while. Take some time to get up and stretch, drink some water, or grab a snack and let your mind and body rest for a few minutes. A technique that many people utilize is the Pomodoro Method where you allot a certain amount of time for studying (for example, 30 minutes) and then you take a five minute break. You continue working using this method and after the fourth round of using this technique, you elongate your break by five minutes. When the fifth round comes, instead of taking a five minute break, you would take a 10 minute break and with the sixth round you would take a 15 minute break, and so on.
7. Listen to music As many people are studying at home, there are bound to many countless distractions compared to a classroom setting. Listening to orchestra or classical music may help you stay focused and shut out the distractions that may be bothering you.
8. Take things one step at a time Remember that this is a period of adjustment and transition for everyone. You are not alone in this process and there are countless resources to help you adapt to this new environment. Try not to stress too much and take things one step at a time. Discover what works best for you and then take the next step. With effort, you will find what is more your forte.
Resources 1. YouTube channels: a. studyquill b. cafe.studyy c. smyang piano d. gutsy studygirl
Study techniques: a. https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique b. https://www.howtostudy.org/blog/?p=461 c. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0j1TU-voD8 d. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJAZ3iNfLU0 e. https://news.usc.edu/71969/studying-for-finals-let-classical-music-help/
Cheap/free wifi resources a. https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/04/30/where-to-get-free-wifi-for-students-during-covid19.aspx b. https://www.bhg.com/news/free-wifi-study-resources/ c. https://www.highspeedinternet.com/resources/are-there-government-programs-to-help-me-get-internet-service
Technology resources: a. https://www.techgoeshome.org/covid b. https://www.njsba.org/home-resources/free-technology-resources-during-covid-19/ c.http://blackstudentfund.org/covid-19-computer-internet-resources/ d. https://withfrank.org/how-to-pay-for-college/covid-19/resources-for-low-income-students-impacted-by-online-classes-coronavirus/ e. https://wideopenschool.org/families-and-teachers/access-for-all/#all/ f. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/devices/default.aspx/
Resolving wifi issues: a. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/29/best-wifi-fix/
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