How am I supposed to get back to in-person classes after being remote for almost two years?! If you are in my boat then yes, you and I are asking the same exact question. For me, as well as many others, going back to in-person classes is going to be difficult. Although I am happy to transition from Zoom to the classroom, I have to admit that I got very comfortable, and even complacent, with doing school from my dorm room, my couch, or even my bed. And, after experiencing remote and in-person learning, my study habits for both were very different from each other. So, here are a few tips that you, as well as I, can use to prepare and adjust to in-person learning.
1. Develop a routine and plan ahead
Although I am excited to be in a classroom after not being in one since high school, I am very nervous. So, developing a routine and planning ahead will help to reduce the stress and angst of the upcoming semester. It will foster some predictability in a time of uncertainty. At school, my planner is my best friend. Before school starts, try filling in your schedule for the upcoming semester, that way everything is organized, and you are prepared for each day. This also can help you to be mentally ready for what you have to do and allow you to compartmentalize your activities, so you don’t get so overwhelmed.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Adjusting to in-person classes is not going to be easy and it may take some time for you to figure out what works best for you. So, if you are struggling, reach out to classmates, teachers, or advisors – they will be more than willing to help.
3. Be patient with yourself
For some, change is difficult and intimidating so it will take time for you to find your groove. Be accepting of making mistakes because that is an integral part of the learning process and only allows you to make more room for growth.
4. Try out different study habits
With transitioning from remote learning to in-person classes, your study habits might change. So, be open to trying new ways of learning, that way you can figure out which one works best for you. I noticed that when I was in the classroom in high school, to prepare for a test, I usually memorized the material. But, when I was remote, I practiced more conceptual learning. And neither is good nor bad – it is all about what works best for you and what allows you to excel.
5. Consider your mental health
If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, take some time, be aware, and allow yourself to feel those feelings, because your mental health is most important. Allow yourself to have those mental-health days and allow yourself to have downtime – you can’t always be on one hundred percent of the time.
I hope these tips serve you well. Good luck and have fun this semester!