Online lectures allow you to work and revise at your own pace from the comfort of your home, but they undoubtedly require more self-discipline and scheduling. However, with the right strategies, they can be a great way of learning, especially in the rapidly changing world (aka the new pandemic reality).
Before the start of your course, note down all the assignment deadlines in your calendar to minimise the possibility of missing a due date. Make sure you schedule time throughout the duration of the course to watch all of the lectures.
Following a study schedule, making notes and not skipping any of the online lectures requires a great deal of self-discipline. Attending an online course means less, if any, direct supervision or attendance registration, thus making you entirely responsible for how much you benefit from the lessons. Having a designated study area with minimal distractions will definitely help you remain focused and engaged.
Watching lectures online, you may find yourself becoming distracted more easily than in the classroom. That’s why I think it’s important to pause the video whenever you find something unclear and take notes to keep your mind engaged.
📑Revision is key!
In order to fully benefit from the course, you will need to go over your notes and make sure you understand all of the concepts. You can use all of the techniques you would employ when studying for normal lectures – flashcards, mind maps and group study sessions are some personal favourites!
Whenever your online course offers the chance of participating in online discussions and group activities, make sure to participate in them. Not only will this show your lecturer that you’re proactive and invested in the lectures, but it will also help you engage with fellow students and gain a different perspective on some of the topics.