Hold Yourself Accountable

When you aren’t in class, it is harder to remember to stay on track with the course assignments and when they are due.

Cobber Tip: Own a planner and write everything you need to get done and the due dates.

Practice Time Management

Look ahead on the syllabus or other assignment materials so you can make note of what you need to spend the most time on. Follow a weekly routine and assign days and times for certain classes. Set frequent reminders on your phone to prompt you of due dates.

Create a Study Space and Stay Organized

Create a study space that allows you to focus the most and acknowledges your studying preferences. Limit distractions and stay organized with your online coursework.

Cobber Tip: Have high-speed internet access, headphones/earbuds when in public spaces, and all required books/software easily accessible with you while studying.

Eliminate Distractions

Eliminate distractions by limiting phone usage or avoid being in a busy area. Either set study timers or isolate yourself from people and technology. It’s good to recognize how you learn best and what distracts you the most. To stay focused, put your phone on silent so you don’t hear your constant notifications.

Actively Participate in Class Discussions

A great way to stay focused during online classes is to pay attention by asking questions or engaging in class discussions. Staying focused is one of the biggest challenges for college students while taking virtual courses. One way to achieve this is to treat the class as if you were in person. So stay off your phone, don’t do other homework during the session, or any other things that normally wouldn’t be allowed in a classroom.

Figure Out What Works Best For You

The majority of students don’t study in the same way or have the same study habits as other students. Don’t rely on others to create study habits for you. You’ve got this and, once you know your own study habits, you can apply them and work harder than ever before.

Published January 2021