In today's increasingly virtual world, online college has become more popular than ever. While rolling out of bed right before class starts and being able to stay in your pajamas all day might sound like a dream come true, virtual learning also comes with its own set of challenges. We're going to outline some of the common issues that might arise with virtual college and how you can tackle them.
Making Sure You Have the Right Equipment
Yes, you're going to need a computer, but you may want to consider your program and area of study before making a selection. Studying graphic design? You'll want to have a computer than can support that software. Looking for a career in web development? A computer that supports coding software is going to be your best friend. You may also want to invest in a good quality web cam. Many online programs require some sort of video conferencing capability, whether it's meeting with your advisor, collaborating with classmates on a group project or talking with your professor.
Managing Your Time
While not having to drag yourself across campus for an 8am lecture may sound great, not having to report to a physical classroom puts the burden of accountability completely on you. It can be hard to force yourself to sit down in front of your computer when all you want to do is finish the last episode of that TV show or call your friend. A good way to combat this is by structuring your day with a routine and a schedule. Force yourself to get up at the same time every day and devote a specific pocket of time to getting school work done. You can even schedule in breaks and leisure time to make sure you don't get burnt out.
Making the Best Use of Free Time
Yes, all work and no play is not a sustainable existence. But make sure to do this in moderation. While playing video games for the rest of the night or vegging out in front of the TV after class sounds tempting, it may not be the best use of your time. This time is great for getting a head start on next week's reading or planning out that intense research project you have coming up. Making the best use of your time will spare you a lot of headaches down the road!
Utilizing Your Resources
If you're struggling with a class, don't wait and hope that you'll find the answers eventually. Ask for help! Many online programs have student chat rooms where you can discuss assignments with fellow students and professors, virtual tutoring sessions and access to online libraries so you can find the appropriate reference material.
Making Time for Friends
If you've transitioned to online learning from a traditional campus setting, losing contact with friends can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Combat this by making time to stay connected. Make a point to talk on the phone, schedule a virtual coffee date once a week or pick a time to catch up in person. With the aid of modern technology, distance doesn't have to get in the way of friendship!
Finding a Place for Storage
If you've had to move back to your parents' house from a dorm, trying to find a place to store all your possessions can be a bit of a headache. If your parents have the space, such as extra room in the garage or a basement, then the solution is pretty easy. If not, then you'll probably need to research renting a storage locker. Thankfully, we've compile all the essential info on storing your possessions in our previous blog post.
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