Let’s face it, the last month hasn’t been too normal.
The affect of COVID-19 can be seen all over the place from stores to restaurants to even education. Not only has it affected K-12 education but also those that are in extended education programs and in the middle of their degrees. For those of us that were in a face-to-face class setting, it has been an adjustment to virtual learning to say the least.
How to adjust
First off, since we are all practicing social distancing, you aren’t able to go anywhere but your home so finding a quiet work area is key. This quiet area should be free of distractions as much as possible.
Make sure that you are managing your time wisely on work that is assigned to you. Depending on your class content, you might have assignments that are due the end of the week or even the next day. You don’t want to put them off until the last minute because even though you aren’t able to go anywhere, something will happen that will cause you not to complete the assignment (it never fails).
Keep in constant communication with your instructor, TAs and other students in class. Just because you have been separated doesn’t mean that you are by yourself in the class all-of-a-sudden. Make sure to take advantage of email, texting and the chosen messaging platform to stay connected.
Try not to fall into the trap of only wearing your pajamas. Develop a routine of getting up in the morning and getting dressed. This will wake you up alittle and it has been proven that your mood is affected by the way you dress.
This too shall pass….
Eventually, the mandatory virtual learning will come to an end and we can go back to the person-to-person based classroom where connections are formed and some of us learn better than others. If you are able to thrive through virtual learning, that’s great! There are others, on the other hand, that will struggle for one reason or another. Keep your eye out and help those students who appear to be having issues. We are all in this together and it will pass…hopefully sooner rather than later.
For more reading on online/virtual learning adjustment, check out this by edX