A positive outcome of the last year is that a whole generation have experienced studying online and can share now their knowledge. Here are some top online learning hacks.
The lion’s share of managing your online learning experience will be related to time. There are so many creative and constructive ways to approach budgeting time; the important thing is choosing to one…
- Sync calendars
Sync your personal, work and study calendars. It is tempting to keep family, medical, part-time work and lecture/tutorial commitments in separate digital spaces. Focussing on one or another and missing entries is highly likely. Have a comprehensive calendar that allows you to see how each commitment impacts others on a day-to-day basis.
- Find easier ways to read.
Hypothesis is a Chrome extension that highlights text as it reads for you. In this way, you can digest information both aurally and visually. Search the web for a tool that works for you, especially if you find reading tiring or have a learning disability that necessitate coloured highlighting for productivity.
- Start a group chat outside of zoom meetings
Keep connected to your course-mates – they will be a source of inspiration, motivation, and excellent ideas throughout your learning process. There as many ways to do this online as there are social platforms. We’ve found at ULaw that student’s use our Elite intranet to connect for formal study activities and take the initiative to form new WhatsApp and Facebook Groups.
- Keep sharing
In these days of Smart-phones there are numerous ways of sharing notes, diagrams, and files – use them. Sharing how you are organising information, whether via Airdrop, photo-sharing, scanning, or facetiming, can reaffirm what you already know and offer self-awareness through the comments of others. By doing this, you are also supporting your peers, who will essentially be your professional colleagues and support-group in the years to come.
- Turn off self-view and reconnect with your body and environment
It may be tempting to peek at how you present to your class or study-group when in Zoom/Teams or other meetings platforms. However, new research suggests that this is a bad idea – talking to voices without a physical presence and watching yourself on camera can create cognitive stress. Try not to stare a screen during voice meetings and make sure you take regular screen-breaks to exercise your body and senses.
- Put your phone where it won’t distract you.
This is an obvious suggestion. You know your phone and its flurry of notifications is going to distract you. When you are settling into a period of high concentration reading, note-taking or essay writing, consider turning your phone’s sound off. Check it for emergency communications when necessary.
- Eat and Sleep for focus
Eat before seminars. If you are hungry, you won’t have either the energy or brain-food to concentrate on your Tutor’s words. Think about what healthy, high-energy snacks you can graze on during each day. They say that time is a great healer – sleep is too. Our top tip for thriving during any course is regulating your sleep-pattern so that you are properly rested, restored and ready for work.
- Show up and meet expectations
Attending seminars, lectures and moots etc. isn’t only good for consistent learning and personal/professional growth but will give you peace of mind and a sense that you are working to your potential. Holding yourself accountable to these commitments is important, although it is also important to maintain a flexible mindset, whereby you can forgive yourself if life ‘gets in the way.’
- Owning your workspace
Designing the perfect work environment for you can be fun, and vital when working from home. Everything from mascots to lighting, colour-coding to shelving can make a difference. So, try and give time and thought to this. For inspiration check-out ULaw’s #LiveProspectus hashtag on Instagram – you’ll find a wealth of student study-dens and lifestyles to cherry-pick ideas from.
For more information about how you can learn with us Online, visit: www.law.ac.uk/locations/online