As a student, there have been several changes for you over the last number of weeks. While a lot of these changes are out of your control, one thing that you can continue with is your studies. While online lessons are different to being in a classroom, there are still lots of positives about it – seeing your teacher, keeping in touch with your classmates, creating some structure in your day and of course, continuing to improve your language skills!
Here are 7 tips to help you with the transition
1. DO YOU HAVE THE NECESSARY EQUIPTMENT?
The platform we are using for our online classes is ZOOM. This is a great (free) app which allows everyone in the class to see each other during the lesson. It also has a written chat function which is great for any students who aren’t very confident in their speaking. In order to use this app, you will need a phone, tablet or laptop and possibly a pair of earphones, depending on your device. You will also need to have wifi.
2. CREATE YOUR STUDY SPACE
This can be a tricky one if you don’t have your own room or are sharing a place with a lot of people. If possible, try to find somewhere with good light and a comfortable seat. If you have some noisy housemates, earphones are a good idea. Set up your study space with everything you need before class starts – a notebook & pen, water, snacks, coffee!
3. BUILD A STUDY PLAN
You know your class timetable every day, whether it’s morning or afternoon classes. Set some time aside outside of class to complete your homework or to revise what you went over in class that day. Having a study schedule will help to keep you on track with progress. A great way to continue your learning is to set up a free Zoom account and connect with your classmates, practising your speaking skills or looking at any difficult material covered in class.
4. EXPLORE ONLINE LEARNING
Discussing course materials with other students is a great way to find new learning platforms. There is a huge offering of English language learning materials available online. You’ll find vocabulary and grammar exercises, listening and reading material. The resources are endless. Finding websites or forums that suit your learning style will help with your progress and will also make online learning much more fun!
5. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
You will have one or two short breaks during your 3 hour class. These breaks are a good opportunity to step away from your computer. Walk around your house, make a cup of tea, do some stretching. This is also important outside your class hours. Make sure to take a break from the screen. We can only learn so much in one day. You don’t want to overdo it with the study and burn yourself out before class every day.
6. ASK FOR HELP
It’s hard to ask for help. However, this is all part of learning. Your teacher is more than happy to answer your questions. This shows that you are engaged in the class and eager to learn. We all struggle with class materials sometimes, and depending on your preferred learning style, you will find some exercises or skills easier than others.
7. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
It’s easy to lose motivation during your online classes. It’s a new world of learning and it can take time to get used to. If you’re feeling frustrated or confused, take a break to clear your head. If you find you’re losing concentration or not progressing as much as you would like, remember that that is ok. It’s a difficult time for us all at the moment. Give yourself a break. You’re doing great
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