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How to Effectively Study in Online Classes

By Karan Shah, Data Analytics Engineering Ambassador

Online classes are an important part of a student’s life. Many students prefer taking a healthy mix of on-ground and on-campus classes. For those new to online classes, here are some tips to achieve your target learning outcome. Following them will help greatly increase the chances of doing well on any online class.

  1. Read your syllabus. It is very important to understand the goal, and how the professor wants to grade your performance. Additionally, it’s important to log into the portal often to check announcements and updates on assignments.
  2. It is extremely vital to be consistent. Have scheduled time and space to study. For some students, it may be useful to have multiple places to study and it’s completely normal to do so. Experiment with yourself, try to find out which method is best for you. This way you will eliminate distractions and would gain control whenever you feel zoned out. It doesn’t matter which aspects of the environment you feel comfortable with, as long as you study effectively. Always study in a bright and well-lit room.
  • Take breaks, don’t tire yourself unnecessarily. Try to take a break every 30 minutes. Stretch, take a short walk before resuming studying. Remember to quiz yourself before every break. Study for 25 minutes, quiz yourself for 5 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break.
  • Practice active learning in place of passive learning. Differentiate between facts and concepts; understand concepts, learn facts; practice recall in place of recognition. Review and reinforce when needed.
  • Make notes, it helps a lot when you write notes. Try to summarize the lectures in your own words. Condensation helps a lot; you’ll be able to recall your own words much better than professor’s words from the lecture. A better approach is teaching your friends/classmates. This way you understand the concepts deeply.
  • If you get zoned out while listening to recorded lectures, listen to them at higher speed. If it’s difficult, try listening to a lecture at 2x speed for a minute, and then reduce the speed to 1.5x or 1.25x. This way you trick your brain to think that 1.5x is slower, thus learning at 1.5x the speed. Try it, you’ll be surprised.
  • Download all the materials in one place, as well as save your notes in the same drive. It is very important to have all your study materials in one place.

Happy Studying!

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