Classes have begun and you are being bombarded with syllabi, Webex and Zoom meetings, and introduction videos from your professors. Where do you begin? Luckily, you have this article to help guide you to success! If you didn’t know, it is officially 4.0 season. Here are some ways to secure that 4.0:
1. Develop a Plan
First things first, you can’t begin working on your assignments if they aren’t properly organized. I highly recommend creating a code based on assignment type or class. Note all deadlines as well as possible start dates for things that require more time such as projects. Once that is complete, you should create a schedule for how you will prioritize your time on a given day. Life is chaotic and you can’t possibly plan everything. However, having a schedule will hold you accountable and give you an idea of what a productive day should entail.
2. Find a Designated Study Location
A good study spot is everything. You have to be able to focus and not be surrounded by distractions. This will ensure that your studying is effective. Your perfect study spot is unique to you. This location may be your room, living room, porch, or even the kitchen. You may need to add a nice soundtrack, essential oil diffuser, candles, and even some healthy snack options! Do what you need. Make your study location a place you want to actually be. Studying is only boring if you make it boring.
3. Openly Communicate
Open communication is certainly key to virtual learning. Miscommunication is a common occurrence when you can’t directly ask questions and get feedback. Also, technology can complicate assignments more. I suggest asking your peers questions the moment you are confused. If the confusion persists, I suggest directly contacting your professor. They want to help! This is just as new to them and I’m sure together a solution can be found.
4. Relax! Rest! Rejuvenate!
Your mental health is everything! You will not properly retain information if your mind is not in the right space, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. This semester will be difficult but you can do it. If you ever feel like you can’t hold it together, don’t hesitate to reach out to a family member or close friend. Your support system will be your saving grace this semester. Do weekly mental health check-ins with yourself and see if you need to make any adjustments. Maybe your routine needs to incorporate mindfulness or maybe you need two self-care days. Whatever the case may be, if it’s to better yourself mentally then do it!
Now you have all the keys! Don’t worry! You can share this with your friends. 4.0s are best celebrated as a group anyway, so utilize these thoroughly! This new normal will not interfere with your learning, and soon you will look back at this semester and laugh at how you won in the end despite all the challenges against you.