By: Kendall Rooks and Kaylin Johnson
As COVID continues and the new semester begins the struggle of completing online classes approaches ever closer.
Many students were planning on in-person classes this fall, but with the continuing pandemic, a multitude of classes have been moved to a strictly online format. If this is stressing you out, you’re not alone. The switch to online learning has been one of the most common topics in the media lately, with both students and parents wondering just how effective online classes really are.
Luckily, there are ways to make the switch to an online experience easier.
Staying organized can be one of the biggest difficulties a student faces in college, and online classes only expand on this. Students in online classes will need to be much more independent.
One of the best ways to stay organized is to get a planner or use the calendar feature in Canvas. This will help you to stay on top of due dates.
Another tip is to designate specific time blocks each day to complete assignments. This can make it feel more like an in-person class. It will also give you the chance to get everything done while also leaving time for a social life and job.
You should also try to set goals for yourself on what needs to be completed each day and limit your social media time while doing so.
If you are the type of person who works better in groups or just needs help from others, try to set up study groups within your classes. The easiest way to do this currently is through a video chatting application like Zoom or Facetime, but you can also create a group chat or use a Google Doc.
One of the most important things you can do is find a quiet place to study. If you’re struggling to study in your dorm or apartment, The FLITE Library is still open for students, faculty, and staff. Seating space is limited to designated areas of the first and second floors and masks are required inside. Be sure to check the hours listed on FLITE’s website because they have changed for the foreseeable future.
The University Center is also open for students and masks are required inside. If you are not keen on wearing a mask while studying, there is always the option of doing homework outside on the grass on campus or in one of the area parks.
If you need WiFi and can’t find space to study on campus, there are a few off-campus locations with WiFi. With a purchase you can study at Biggby and Panera. For more information on online learning this semester, browse the online learning resources that can be found at www.ferris.edu/statewide/resources/index.htm.