6 Tips for Effective Online Studying

By Victoria Robertson on May 13, 2020

As the world transitions to online education, students too must learn how to be productive in a home environment. That being said, when studying online, the distractions are plentiful, which can create problems for students trying to stay on top of their homework.

For that reason, it’s important to develop effective online studying habits in order to properly manage your educational workload. With that in mind, here are 6 ways to effectively study online.

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1. Create a Space

Studying is only possible if you have an appropriate workspace to complete your task within.  Many students will simply jump on their bed or plop down on the couch, but these are not effective environments for studying.

Instead, you should set aside space at a desk (or table, if you don’t have a desk) and dedicate that space to completing your schoolwork. A proper workspace is vital to completing your homework, distraction-free, so your space should not be in a common or shared area and should be far enough away from distractions that your focus is solely on your studies.

2. Limit Browser Capabilities

The internet has so many areas in which you can get distracted and end up down a rabbit hole of content. To avoid this issue, you can limit your browser capabilities to block certain sites (such as social media) for a certain period of time.

This ensures that you have the capability to research any topics you may need without having access to those distractions that are just a few keystrokes away. Some individuals opt to turn off the internet entirely, which may not be possible if you need the internet for a particular project.

3. Turn Off Your Phone

Cellphones should always be turned off when you’re studying. Whether you opt to silence it or to turn it off completely, it’s important that you aren’t using it while you’re studying.

If need be, you can set a timer on your phone to allow yourself an uninhibited amount of time to study before you are allowed to check your phone again. This prevents you from feeling the need to check it for the time or updates, allowing you to solely focus on studying.

4. Tackle One Task at a Time

Sometimes, the amount of work that you have is overwhelming. If you find yourself in this bucket, you’re likely thinking about far too many projects at once. To avoid this, you should only be tackling one project at a time, as that’s all you’re reasonably able to do.

If you have several, upcoming assignments, make sure you set aside a certain period of time for each, and then stick to that schedule to ensure everything is done so you don’t have to worry about it.

5. Keep a Calendar

In the same vein as the above recommendation, you should be keeping and maintaining a calendar so all of your assignments, due dates, and other course-related content is in one, easily managed location.

Some students opt for physical calendars so they can cross off items as they complete them, and others use electronic calendars to add assignments as they receive them. Whichever method you prefer, a calendar is a surefire way to not only stay organized and ensure your assignments are completed on time, but also to keep you on track when it comes to appropriately plan your day so you don’t need to deal with procrastination problems.

6. Ask Questions

Last, but certainly not least, you should always be asking questions, even in a study from home environment. Many students feel that they are a burden on their teachers, or that they don’t have the ability to reach out when they have questions and are instead on their own to complete their studies. This is not the case.

Your teachers are available to you for help when you need it. Just because you are studying from home does not mean that you are responsible for understanding everything all on your own. When something isn’t sticking, or you have clarifying questions to better understand something, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

You can ask family members, fellow classmates, or your teachers, but don’t simply move on from an issue without answers, as answers are available to you, always.

Online studying is a challenge, and one that’s made all the more difficult by the abundance of distractions out there, not just in your home environment, but also online.

Maintaining a study routine is essential, but most importantly, the above six tips are a great starting point for developing effective online study habits.

Every person is different, and therefore every person has differing opinions on study tactics, so to ensure you complete your schoolwork and maintain good grades, utilize these six tips whenever possible, but also ensure you’re adding your own tips to the list to complement your unique needs.

Good luck and happy studying everyone!

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