Online Learning Tips For 2021
I hope that you all had a safe and happy time over the festive period. Today I wanted to reflect on some things that I’ve learnt in regards to online learning. Hopefully these tips may help you to avoid burnout in the upcoming term!
Make sure to rest your eyes in between sessions
I found this to be crucial. Before I started online learning, I didn’t realise how draining the sessions would be. Granted, I usually feel somewhat drained after face to face sessions but that’s usually because of the amount of information that is presented to us. I always feel a different kind of drained after an online session, as if my brain has been zapped. I think it has something to do with the amount of time that I’m staring at the screen. At the end of each session, I recommend taking a screen break. However tempting it may be, DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR PHONE. There is nothing worse than eye strain, seriously.
Remember that you can do prep on the day of the session
As much as I miss physically attending university, not having to travel there and back has given me a lot more time to prepare. In normal circumstances I’d have to prep the night before a session but everything being online means that I usually have time to do this on the day, meaning that everything is super fresh in my mind. I’d really recommend this if you get the opportunity. I feel like it makes my contributions to seminars even stronger than usual.
Remember to put down your virtual hand when you’ve finished speaking
This one sounds really trivial, but it’s something that I forget all the time. I really like using the ‘raise hand’ function in Teams because I think it’s polite and helps conversation to flow as it would in a face to face seminar. However, it can cause a bit of confusion if you forget to lower your ‘hand’. “Ellie, is that an old hand or a new hand?” is something I’ve heard a lot recently! Also, remember to check that it’s actually down. Many a time I’ve clicked the button and nothing has happened!
So there you have it, three of my tips for online learning. I hope that these are of some use to you. Do you have any online learning tips? Let me know below!