“It’ll save all your notes for later and can help you keep track of your thoughts when working. It works on PDFs, websites, eBooks, etc.” (Download it for Chrome here.)

“If your classes are recorded, don’t bother taking notes during the live class. Participate in discussions during the live class and then watch the recording to take notes later.”

“Be in a group text with the rest of the class — no student excluded. That way, you can get clarification on the lecture or assignment, or tell someone that their mic is on, or simply talk behind the professor’s back. It’s great to have the rest of the class in the group text to vent to. This system has helped me SOOOO many times because I can’t trust my own ears. Plus, you guys can share photos and tips.”

“Android phones can scan directly to Google Drive without a separate app. Apple phones can do the same through the Notes app (just click the Camera button and select ‘Scan documents’).”

“I highly recommend using Camscanner. It’s free on Android and Apple, and it darkens all the pencil markings so it’s not all faded.”

“It has been a lifesaver. It puts all of your open tabs into a single tab (or whichever tabs you want to put), organized by date and you can easily reopen them. I just pin the OneTab tab, and it always opens with my browser. Super quick and easy!”

“It’s weirdly more fatiguing to judge myself for 30-90 minutes than it is to listen to and look at other people. 🤷‍♀️”

“My WiFi only works downstairs in my house, and my parents insist on being down there so they can watch TV (even though they have a tv in their room). The WiFi extender lets me actually do things upstairs without constantly losing connection or not being able to connect at all.”

“Professors remember students who have their cameras on, because those are the people that they look to for visual cues and feedback. My camera keeps me accountable and motivates me to participate. I definitely learn more. Also, make your bed and get dressed. Take walks after class like you would if you were on campus.”

“If your teachers are demanding you turn on your camera but you don’t want to, put opaque tape over your camera and say it’s broken.”

“I find it so hard to concentrate in class or on assignments when I could be scrolling through social media (mostly TikTok). It’s easier said then done, but when I put my phone in a totally different room, then I pay attention in class and am able to get my work done so much faster and easier.”

“If you have a dining room, living room, guest room, whatever, move around and do classes somewhere else. Have a designated space that isn’t your room for classes. This will help you get into the ‘school-time’ headspace when you sit in that room and let your bedroom continue to be a place of respite. It’ll help you focus, pay more attention, be better prepared, and get better sleep.”

“A lot of my friends wake up five minutes before class starts and log on from their bed, but it’s so much easier to focus if you actually get dressed and sit at a table or desk. Separating where you work and where you relax is worth the little bit of extra effort.”

“Between work and Zoom calls and exams and regular life, it’s really easy to forget stuff. My solution has been to use my phone calendar, keep a daily planner, wall calendar, AND make notes in the lists app too. Four places to store my schedule sounds like it’s excessive, but it has saved me so much and I definitely recommend having your schedule in more than one place.”

“There’s been so many times when my sister accidentally walked in during one of my lessons!”

“When I’m in class, I close my door and put a sign on it that says, “Class in session: STAY OUT.”

“If you don’t eat anything before your classes, you’re going to be unfocused, sleepy and moody. Also, have a small bite between periods and keep a glass of juice, milk, or water close to you in the morning.”

“It sounds so obvious but try to be strict with yourself on this. Shower regularly, put on fresh clothes for your lessons, brush your teeth before class, etc. It will help you stay focused.”

“It is a little extra work, but, if you have the time, it will save everyone the hassle in the long run. And, your professor will probably remember this when grading. It‘s honestly a win-win!”

“It’ll really expose which professors are assholes and have no understanding or sympathy at all. But, for the most part, a lot of my professors are feeling the same fatigue I am. We’re all going through it together, so I find it’s nice to be honest with them, and they usually do the same in return. It creates a level of understanding when we can all really use it. And cut your professors some slack, they’re doing their best.”

“So satisfying to just watch their lips move but not have to hear the B.S. they say lol.”

“You can still hear the lecture (and if not, just wear one ear). This helps me stay calm and focused. It has also stopped me from crying on Zoom a couple (or more!) times.”

“It also helps others around you focus on what they’re doing (if they’re also in school/at work) because they can’t hear what you’re listening to.”

“It’ll only get worse if you wait. Also, being more engaged with your professors and classmates like that will help with motivation.”

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/victoriavouloumanos/online-learning-hacks-for-students

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