Online Learning Tips

Today happens to be National Online Learning Day! Since many of us and/or our children are learning virtually these days, I wanted to share a few tips.

Some of you may know that I worked in higher education for 10 years, half of that was working with online students. I also earned my Master's degree 100% online.

Suffice to say, I have quite a bit of experience from my own education and that of my former students to draw upon!

1) Add school time into your calendar.

With online learning, you typically don't have to attend class at a certain time. As long as you complete assignments by a certain date, you're good to go. But by not physically attending class, that time gets added back onto your plate by figuring out when to get readings done, post to discussion boards, etc.

Because of this, it's important to put school into your weekly schedule. I usually start by plugging my commitments into a Google sheet so I can "see" what I'm doing and easily add up the number of hours I'm spending on a particular task. I'll also plug this information in on my online calendar which alerts me when I have an appointment coming up.

2) Identify what kind of environment you need to be in to be successful.

Do you need complete silence? Do have kids that might (or WILL) interrupt you? If you answered yes to either one of these, consider checking out a co-working space near you. If you happen to be in southern NH, there's a fantastic spot called CoWorking House in Milford. I've been there a few times myself to get a change of scenery. They're following any and all social distancing best practices, so you can have peace of mind while you're getting your work done.

3) Make sure you're comfortable.

If you're not sitting in a comfortable chair, forget it! Those hard, wooden dining room chairs just aren't going to cut it. This doesn't mean you have to go out and buy a fancy, ergonomically correct chair. You may already have a comfortable chair that you can move into your workspace.

Comfort doesn't just apply to how you're sitting. It's also important to wear clothing that isn't restricting and that the room temperature is mild (and slightly on the cooler side).

There you have it! A few tips to get you and your family on the right track for the school day (or workday). What tips are working for you? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time...

Happy Designing and Happy Learning!

- Angela :)

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