If your school or college is on hold, or you’re switching to online classes, make sure you’re set up for effective virtual learning. This is especially true when your career plans involve nursing, dentistry, medical, ophthalmology, or the doctor of chiropractic.
Here’s the thing: You’ll want to be as close to 100% efficient in your online classes as you are with the on-campus environment you’re accustomed to. Whether you’re in college now, working on your bachelor’s degree, or in high school, this blog series will help you get the most out of your virtual learning situation.
Maybe you prefer on-campus classes, which many students do, but take comfort in how new technologies are closing the gap (if there is one now) between online and in-class formats.
Did you know at least 33% of students in college take an online class? That percentage goes way up for students who work part-time or have obligations at home.
How to Set Yourself Up for Success
1. Dedicated Space is Best
Experts say to take the time to figure out the home setup that works best with your learning style. A dedicated space to that’s quiet and comfy for you is best because it takes you away from distractions that often occur on a normal day.
2. What a Dedicated Space Looks Like
Many students find they don’t need a typical desk and chair, but if having adequate support for your back, or at least a lap desk will keep you focused on what’s being presented. Semi-reclining on a bed or opting for soft, cushy chairs that make you slouch can lead to neck and back strain throughout an hour-long online class or test review session.
Sitting upright, having the right lighting, and adequate physical space for a laptop or tablet will keep you focused and your energy levels high. Try a few scenarios before the heavy classwork begins.
3. Attention On, Distractions Off
Attending class online may require you to reduce the amount of time you spend in “away from school” activities. In this digital age, you and your friends might see multi-tasking is as a badge of honor, but it rarely works well for online classes. That’s because of the amount of information you’re expected to absorb and how fast it’s being presented.
To get good grades, you’ll have to ratchet up your self-discipline. How to do that? Here’s what online class experts recommend:
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of the Kansas City metro. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been on a mission to create a healthier world. It’s a mission where we’re seeking to deliver everything we do at a higher level.
As a university specializing in the chiropractic and health sciences, our degree programs range from an associate degree in biological sciences to associate degrees in healthcare support professions like radiologic technology and occupational therapy assistant to the doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Many of the prerequisite classes for CUKC degrees are available as online classes.
For more about important topics beyond tips for taking online classes, check out our blog posts.