LFUYR-M1 House Keeping
A few housekeeping items that will help you get the most out of this module.
1. Treat an online course like a “real” course.
When it comes to online classes, you need to have the discipline to sit down and say, “I am going to work on this,” as well as the dedication to actually follow through. Though you can be flexible as to when you choose to complete your work during the week, you can’t put it off indefinitely.
2. Hold yourself accountable.
We ask learners to set a goal for how much time they’d like to spend learning each day. The longer the goal the higher the risk of information over load. Smaller sessions daily is often the best approach. Meeting this goal every day allows you to learn and get into a rhythm of learning. Set goals at the beginning of the course, and check-in with yourself on a daily basis. In a traditional classroom setting, you’ll often receive verbal or visual reminders of an assignment’s upcoming due date. But without an instructor actively reminding you, it’s up to you to make sure you’ve allotted enough time to complete the work so you’re not starting an assignment and finding that you have an appointment part way through.
If you’re having trouble holding yourself responsible, pair up with a fellow leader, or enlist the help of a spouse or friend to check in as an accountability partner. By being organized, proactive, and self-aware, you can get the most from your online class even when life outside of this course becomes chaotic.
3. Eliminate distractions.
From Netflix to social media to dishes piling up in the sink, you’ll be faced with many distractions that can easily derail your studies. The best online students know how to lessen these distractions and set aside time to focus.
Exactly how much of a challenge these distractions will prove to be will depend on your own unique personality and situation. Some might find that they can tune out a noisy home by listening to music. Others might choose to work from a local coffee shop or library to eliminate their urge to multitask at home. Ultimately, you will need to find a strategy that works best for you. Build the learning into your daily routine.
Regardless of where you choose to work, consider turning your cell phone off to avoid losing focus every time a text message or notification pops up. And if you’re still having trouble resisting the temptation to check your email or surf the web, try downloading a website blocker. Using applications like Cold Turkey and Freedom can help eliminate distractions by blocking the apps or websites that tend to compete for your attention, such as Facebook and Twitter.
4. Figure out how you learn best.
Once you’ve established where you’ll learn, think about when and how you accomplish your best work. If you’re a morning person, make time to study first thing. More of a night owl? Set aside an hour or two after dinner to cozy up to your computer. If the kids require your morning and evening attention, try to carve out a study session mid-day while they’re at school. Brew your usual cup of coffee, put on your go-to playlist, and do whatever you need to get into the zone and down to business.
Not everyone learns the same way, so think about what types of information help you best grasp new concepts and employ relevant study strategies. If you’re a visual learner, for example, print out transcripts of the video lectures to review. Learn best by listening? Make sure to build time into your schedule to play and replay all audio and video-based course content.
5. Practice Makes Perfect
Online classes are an excellent option to help you to fulfill your goals. Though they come with their own unique challenges, following the advice above can help you be successful even in the most chaotic of times.