Locked up for quarantine? To study online!
The epidemic of the COVID-19 has to half of the students of the world classless classroom, according to data sharing the UNESCO.
In this context, many educational institutions such as Tec de Monterrey are working to provide their academic training through digital means.
“Not even a virus can stop education, ” Edgar Gonzalez, leader of the Center for Teacher Development and Educational Innovation and Leader of Information Technologies at theTec campus Irapuato, shared with CONECTA.
“An online class is a very cool experience; If your teacher tends to have dynamic and creative classes, letting it be in videoconference now is not going to take them away ”, the specialist considers.
If you have the opportunity to resume your classes online, at CONECTA we give you these tips for this new stage:
WHERE TO BEGIN?
Choose the ideal place
Assign a well-lit, quiet area in your house with enough space, so that you can concentrate on your classes.
Try to avoid places where your parents or siblings are usually because even if they are doing home office, they could distract you with some talk.
Keep your routine
Wake up at the same time, have breakfast, and get ready as if you were going to face-to-face classes, that will help your mind prepare to concentrate.
Remember that it is class time, do not stay in your pajamas: in most video links they will surely ask you to have the video turned on to improve interaction.
Comfortable, but without distractions
Keep in mind that you will be in class from home, but do not let that become a potential distraction factor, the further you are from the bed the better!
“Your biggest challenge will be to ignore the distractors during each session; you have to reaffirm the rules of a classroom and pay attention at all times,” González suggests.
Equip yourself with what you need
Prepare your computer equipment and check that your webcam is working properly.
It also includes headphones, preferably hands-free with a good microphone so that you can hear and be heard well.
“ It is normal that when you are at home, your mom or your sister come into the room, or they talk to you when you are in class; these ‘comical’ situations can sometimes interrupt your attention in class, that ‘s why it ‘s good to have headphones on”, advises González.
Also, have a notebook and a pen on hand to make notes as usual and try to ensure that the place where you are going to take classes has a light connection for your computer.
Do not drop your signal
Try to ensure that the place where you study has a stable Wi-Fi signal. You can improve the quality of your connection by being close to the router or with a LAN cable.
A good sign will help your teacher not get “frozen”, remember that videoconference classes usually consume a good part of the bandwidth of your network.
Plan your schedules
Create a study plan taking into account the schedule that you are going to use during the day, you can take breaks of 10 or 15 minutes after each class. Do not forget to assign your mealtime.
Plan your due dates and days for assignments, assignments, and exams. There are apps like TickTick and To-Do Reminder that can make this easier for you.
“It is important that you have management and self-control mechanisms to generate academic activity schedules as if they were in face-to-face classes, ” recommends Cesar Herrera, director of Advisory and Counseling at Tec at the Monterrey campus.
Prioritize: it’s your study time
Make a list of the jobs you turn in each day and avoid accumulating the load of pending.
Also inform your family about the study schedules and academic activities, since your support is important so that it does not get mixed up with the time of family dynamics or with household chores.
Raise your hand, participate!
Do not hide in the videoconferences, participate as if you were in face-to-face class; All members on the call can participate dynamically, they even have buttons to raise their hands.
Find out how you learn
Did you know that there are multiple types of learning? Identifying which one suits you best will help you in this new way of running your classes :
If your learning is better with reading and writing, underline words, review the readings more than once or make notes by hand (not on the cell phone or on the computer).
If hearing works more for you, we recommend listening to audiobooks, recording your class, and listening to it again, explaining what you learned to your friends or colleagues.
Test if your learning is visual by making diagrams, drawings, colored notes while you are taking the class or from videos with YouTube tutorials.
Another type of learning is kinesthetic, for which it will help you to do experiments or practice with exercises. When your teacher explains the theory ask them to make practical examples or on your part look for more on YouTube.
Better use your lap and leave the cell
On mobile devices such as tablets or cell phones, it is more difficult for you to carry out activities that your teacher gives you since you have to exit the application to be able to do them.
However, on a computer, you can simply open your browser, your documents, and other applications, without leaving your virtual classroom.
Search resources online
From digital libraries, tutorials to support groups to study you find online.
Browse your school’s website, you can surely find resources that are available to you for free.
Close Netflix and save game
Pause your favorite movie or series and save the game in that video game that you are trying to finish; respect the schedule to study.
In the same way, try to silence all your WhatsApp groups or leave your cell phone out of reach for a while: forget about the memes and focus on your subjects.
“Limit excess electronic entertainment. Respect your academic schedule and look for feedback mechanisms with your teachers to feel that you are being productive ”, Herrera advises you.
Your emotions also count
Studying at home could make you anxious; Don’t stress yourself out and try some relaxation techniques like deep breathing, which can help you stay calm.
You can take advantage of your free time at home to spend quality time with your family; Have that conversation that was pending with your parents or brothers on any subject, take out the board games, take advantage of the fact that now you can have lunch or dinner with them.
Eat healthily and keep moving
Now that you will be at home, eat healthy, at defined times. Also, have healthy snacks on hand and stay hydrated.
During class, you will spend most of your time sitting in front of your laptop or computer, so get away and stretch between classes to relax your muscles.
Also, do exercises at home to make up for anything that you are not walking on your way to school.
Socialize, even at a distance
Search your friends through services such as Zoom, Hangouts, or even by WhatsApp video call, to have daily conversations.
‘Throwing the shawl’ at some point in your day through this dynamic will help you in this time of contingency, to make studying at home more bearable.
“On a personal-emotional level, I believe that all people who live this stage should seek a type of support, make contact with significant others through electronic means to be active,” reiterates Herrera.
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