More than a year into the pandemic, online schooling has become the new normal for education. However, the entire last year felt like a temporary thing – and we were all thinking about how we’d be back in offline school with a year. Well, since we’re all slowly coming back to offline classes and adapting to the new normal, here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way, which have helped me adapt easily and can hopefully help you too!

Monitor your screen time :

Having a long exposure to the screen is inevitable, with education, socializing, and downtime – all done online, but it comes with several repercussions. So, taking a 5-10 minute break every 1-2 hours is something we should all follow. Utilizing the breaks in between classes to get something done, like cleaning up your room or drawing, or reading a chapter of the book you’re currently reading is also a simple way to give your eyes some rest.

Focusing during class : 

Studying during online classes is not an easy feat to achieve. With distractions through the internet right at your fingertips, focusing during class is understandably hard. To help with focusing, log out of your chatting accounts on the device you’re taking classes on. Try not to switch tabs during class and keep your phone away to reduce notifications

Self-studying :

Study without the internet. Use physical copies of books or download PDFs of the books you’re using online so that you can disconnect from your wifi and only focus on the topic you are currently doing. Also, don’t type your answers, write them.

Take notes :

Taking running notes is an easy way to maintain focus, and remember concepts. It’s alright if your notes are messy during class, just note down what you think is necessary, and later categorize and make it neater. Writing what you learn in your own words makes it far easier to understand, and it helps in cementing the topic. Look up different ways to write notes, such as the Cornell or sentence methods, and follow what suits you the best.

Downtime :

Since everything is still partially online, the need for fresh air and no screens has been at an all-time high. Make sure to take at least a 15-minute walk outside your home, or spend some time with friends (while remaining safe). The fresh air and lack of internet will not only revitalise you, but it will also help you clear your mind so you can work on your tasks effectively.

Implementing these simple things in your daily routine will make a huge difference, and is sure to help make online schooling a little bit easier, if not a lot more.

Posted by Ekya

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