Virtual Study Buddy: Learn in the time of corona – Week 1 of online class

We interrupt your regular written content to bring you…videos!

With the world in turmoil, I’ve struggled in the last two weeks or so to find the motivation to study and work as I have felt my focus and energy ought to be going towards directly helping the fight (and protection) against the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. What I have realised is that, despite feeling like I want to help and fix ALL things, that’s not possible, productive or practical.

I am, however, reminded daily through social media that those lucky enough to be able to continue studying may be feeling a little lost, anxious and alone during these uncertain times – and new systems and ways of learning may be contributing to that. I’ve realised that I might be able to help in a small way combat that type of isolation or anxiety. So, with that in mind, I’m going to be filming a few videos chatting to you about how to make the best of the new systems, tips and tricks and how to structure these coming weeks to stay healthy, productive and happy and how to stay sane and connected during lockdown.

I’d like this to be more of a conversation – a way for us to figure this out and get through this together. Send me a message or write a comment below with some things you’ve learned during this week that might help others, something positive you’ve discovered during this time or make a suggestion for what you’d like to see next!

If you’re looking for other practical and positive ways to approach the pandemic, I wrote this (note: written on 15th March).

This first video contains tips, tricks and to-dos to make the most of your online classes, some of which are typed up below (for anyone who doesn’t want to watch the 25 minute long video!)

Top Tips:

  • Mute your microphone, unless you are contributing to the class
  • Use the chat function
  • Have a notepad and hand-write notes and solutions, unless you have two monitors
  • Wear normal clothes and don’t study in bed
  • Make sure you test your microphone before you join the session
  • Log in a few minutes before the session – not hours before
  • Try to approach these online sessions just as you would in-person in class – contribute as normal
  • Aim to answer questions and make comments as much as you can – it helps both the tutor, the rest of the class and you
  • Create a routine that allows you time off for exercise and socialisation, but maintains structured work and study time (stay tuned for the next video which will cover this)
  • Limit distractions – toggle airplane mode on your phone (or leave it in another room), let housemates know that you are working so not to disturb, etc.

(Don’t be shy…click ‘Leave a comment’, share this post if you like it; email, tweet and generally pester me if you want to hear more/share your stories/say hi)

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