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How to make the struggles of online classes easier

We went through unprecedented times, never seen nor heard before. The world just shut down and everything stopped moving. It was strange. It was scary. And once the reality sank in, everybody started talking about this new normal. The world we had before the pandemic has now ended and we have entered a new reality, a new normal. Shifting to this new normal has been tough and hard on many but one such sector where it has been most difficult was transitioning to online classes.

It was sudden and unexpected and most of us weren’t ready for it. But life often throws a curve ball at us when we least expect it and we deal with it whether we like it or not. Similarly, we are going to deal with this. We are going to get past it, and we are going to ace it.

Here are some tips for you to prepare for your online sessions:

  • Have realistic expectations. Nobody saw it coming otherwise everybody would have planned it carefully. We all are trying to adjust and adapt to this changing environment. You may have to do some boring slides or weird activities but do it regardless. You’ll get much more just out of the experience itself.
  • Know that your teacher is nervous, too. Just like you they are also doing it for the first time. If you are feeling anxious, so are they. So just be patient and expect some hiccups.
  • Plan ahead. Just like your orientation day when you explore the campus and see where your classes will be, online classes are same. Explore your virtual classrooms the same way. Log in before and do some dry run to figure all out.
  • Optimize your internet connection and don’t panic if you get disconnected. Directly hard wire into your router, if possible. If you are using Wi-Fi, then try to be as close to the router as possible for the best possible audio and video sharing. Don’t panic if things go wrong because it will. If you got disconnected, just log back in and apologize for the glitch.
  • Setup your study area. A confined place with no distractions.
  • Learning is a two-way street and now with online classes the more is on you to learn than your teacher.

Best of Luck!

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