There are times when, due to a serious illness, general quarantine or other unforeseen circumstances, a student is forced to switch to distance learning. Here is how to stay organized in distance learning.
How do I stay focused on online classes? To stay focused on online classes, do the following:
1. MOTIVATE YOURSELF
One of the key reasons why a person quits studying is a lack of motivation, quick results and the application of knowledge in practice. To immediately understand if you have the strength and interest to take online training, ask yourself the question: “I want it because I really want it? Or because the other person wants it?”
2. PUT UNNECESSARY THINGS TO THE SIDE
It takes time to learn. Where to get it from? Analyze your workday. You may find that some things are not so important (for example, watching videos on youtube.com) and they can be postponed for a while.
3. FIND YOUR LEARNING MODE
There is no one-size-fits-all advice on when to study. Someone learns the material on weekends, someone on the road (the material can be downloaded to a phone or tablet), someone learns during lunch or in the evenings.
Try different options and choose the model that works best for you.
Sign out of mail and social media, or turn off automatic message notifications on your computer. Do the same for your smartphone, or set it to silent mode.
Close all other windows in your browser, or use a browser that you don’t normally use for training.
Tips for setting up a study space
Set up your learning space so that you feel comfortable and want to be there. Close the door (if necessary) – this will help not to be distracted by the noise around.
Write down your goals and post them in a prominent place to motivate you.
Prepare a notebook or notebook to take notes of training materials and your ideas.
Make a training plan. Highlight difficult and simple topics, unimportant information, and what would be good to know. For training, it is enough to set aside 1–2 hours a day when you will not be disturbed.
Approximate work schedule: 20 minutes you will start studying, 40 minutes – study.
If you have already mastered one topic today, then do not go further. Stop and continue learning next time.
Give yourself rewards for completing small tasks (for example, one topic learned = one candy cane).
4. APPLY RECOMMENDATIONS IMMEDIATELY
When you do something, you get results. Whether positive or not, you see feedback. This provides additional motivation to study further.
Think about how you will apply the knowledge gained. It is best to immediately in the learning process think over (write down in a notebook) options for using the material studied. If possible, put them into practice.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! If you are learning something, then mistakes are inevitable. This is a sure sign that you are moving forward and not giving up.
5. REVIEW YOUR RECORDS
Have you ever re-read books? If not, then try it – you will reopen the book.
It’s the same with training – we grasp something the first time, some recommendations – from the second.
Review your notes in your notebook – you probably missed something or you have new ideas.
What Is the Best Way to Learn Online?
1. Do not be distracted
Imagine, you have started work on a project, and then a phone rings, a phone, asks to answer by e-mail, etc. We are constantly being knocked down, because of this, the duration of the productive mode dramatically decreases, you have to spend more time to turn on into work, which is very unproductive.
It’s like driving a car, constantly stopping and accelerating. There will be high fuel consumption and low average speed. Also at work, if you are distracted every 10 minutes, then you will not be able to reach maximum productivity and the results will be appropriate. As a result, we get tired and do much less than we can.
Say no to multitasking When you start work: Ask colleagues or loved ones not to distract you, explain that you will be free after a while, for example, in an hour and will be able to discuss the situation, but now you are busy. Unplug your phone, don’t check your email, avoid chatter, surf the internet, or get distracted.
In general, try not to do anything other than your project to maximize efficiency while you feel that productivity is not falling. When you feel tired and productivity drops, it’s time to switch – answer missed calls, check mail, chat with colleagues, make the necessary calls and you can start a new circle. The less distracted you are, the easier it is to focus on the task.
2. Remove all unnecessary things from the table.
Extra things on the table are always bad, as they distract the brain from the important. Any superfluous object is an extra thought. What if the whole table is littered with something? Superfluous objects create an informational house in the head and it is harder for us to get involved in work because our brain can think of only one thing. We have a single-core processor in our head.
As soon as you pay attention to something on the table, the thought process is immediately interrupted and you start thinking about this thing. Make the table completely empty and you will feel how much easier it will be for you to concentrate.
3. Working on a timer
Agree that until the time expires, you will work without distraction. You can start a timer or an alarm clock, it’s not that important. Timed work strengthens self-discipline. The high productivity time for each task repeated day in and day out remains almost the same. If you do the same thing every day, the time for maximum efficiency will be about the same and you can already roughly know how long it will take to get tired. Fix this time on the timer, it will be very convenient.
We often get carried away and become less sensitive to our feelings, so a timer or alarm clock will help us realize in time that productivity is falling and now we need to change the field of activity in order to continue with high efficiency later. For example, I know that the time for maximum productivity in writing articles ends in about 30 minutes. So I put the stopwatch at 30 minutes. and after this time, I interrupt myself and start doing something else in order to maintain maximum efficiency.
4. Get up early
Everyone knows that the morning is the most productive time to work. And now in more detail why it is easier to concentrate in the morning:
A. You have a lot of strength because the brain rests and recovers in a dream.
B. Before the start of the working day, that is, before 8-9 in the morning, a minimum of calls, requests and other distractions.
C. Sleep well inhibits all obsessive thoughts, which are very distracting at work. If you have difficulty concentrating, then try to go to bed and get up early, for example, at 5 in the morning, and during this period, proceed to the most difficult task, since it is easiest to concentrate at this time.
5. Work first, then entertainment
Do not start your workday by watching the news in the social. networks, useless communication, and so on. It’s like eating a sweet, after which you no longer want the main course because it starts to seem less attractive. When you sit down at your desk, work until you get tired, and then you can relax by changing the field of activity, communicating with colleagues, watching interesting news, etc. But remember the time is business, and the fun is an hour, otherwise, it will be difficult to concentrate.
By Planning Many people know that before the main workout, athletes warm up by doing light movements. Warming up exercises improve circulation and tone the muscles. After warming up, the athlete has more strength than without him and it is easier for him to start the main part of the workout. Warming up is a preparatory stage, an intermediate state that provides a smoother transition between rest and exertion.
The situation is approximately the same with the brain, as mentioned above when we are just starting a new business, then at the initial stage our brain needs to rebuild the connections of neurons to a given task, and this process is laborious. Therefore, it is difficult to concentrate at first. But if you warm up, that is, start restructuring the connections of not all neurons, but some part, then it will be much easier to concentrate.
How can our brain warm-up? It’s very simple: make a plan of action, write in detail on a piece of paper what you will do in the next few minutes, hours. If the case is one, then break it down into several stages and write these stages on a piece of paper. Write at least 5-10 points on a regular piece of paper and you will feel how much easier it will be for you to get started.
There is also an addition – you can warm up by imagining the workflow in your thoughts. Think about how you will work for a couple of minutes and it will be much easier to concentrate. Whenever you find it difficult to concentrate, use the warm-up technique, making a detailed plan of action on a piece of paper or imagining the process in your mind for a few minutes.
7. Turn on the logic
Everyone knows that we have 2 cerebral hemispheres: left and right. So the left hemisphere is responsible for logic, movement of the right side of the body and determination. Right for imagination, feelings, passivity and movement of the left side of the body.
To focus faster, you need to include the left hemisphere, which is responsible for purposefulness. You can activate this hemisphere with the help of logical tasks, solving crosswords, playing checkers, etc. That is why many turn a pen in their hand, this is how logic is activated.
If it is difficult to concentrate, twist the pen in your right hand, shake your right leg (this can be done unnoticed under the table) or solve a logic problem. This will activate the left hemisphere, which is responsible for purposefulness, and it will be easier for you to get started.
8. Remove moving objects
The basis of the instinct of self-preservation is the concentration of attention on all moving objects. It is moving objects at the level of our subconsciousness that can pose the greatest danger. For example, we will not pay attention to the wall of a house, but we will carefully observe a car moving in our direction. That is why, when something happens behind us, we turn around, this is how an unconditioned reflex works to make sure that we are safe. Do this to reduce the number of moving objects near you:
– At work. If you have your own office, close the door to reduce distraction by everyone who walks in the hallway. Hang a sign on the door of the office not to disturb until a certain time (for example, until 15-00)
– At home. Ask loved ones not to come into your room, you can also hang up a do not disturb sign. If you have active pets that like to run and jump, then remove them from the room for a while. An aquarium, a cage with birds are not so distracting because all movements are limited in a narrow space.