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How to Slay Online School- Yes, It’s Possible.

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Rollins chapter.

In the words of Michelle Obama, “There is no magic to achievement. It is really about hard work, choices, and persistence.” 

Being a student who always wants to strive in every class, I was honestly a little nervous when Rollins announced the transition from in-person to online class last spring. “What is WebEx…Zoom WHO?” The tips listed below are a perfect mixture of study techniques that have personally helped me achieve the grades I want during this stressful time, and I know will help you, too!

1) Be the First to Volunteer   

 If your professor allows you to pick when you will have a presentation, sign up to be one of the first to present. This way, you eliminate future stress and allow more time for other tasks. I like to always make sure to print my syllabus for every class. This way, I can mark off important projects and exams in my planner and avoid surprises when a deadline approaches. Time management is key, so I find that creating a weekly schedule and trying completing assignments right when you get them has helped me stay ahead. 

2) Use the Power of Aromatherapy

A calm environment free of distractions is key for online learning. I like to make sure my designated study area is organized and quiet to get in the right mindset for class. In between classes, I like to take a moment for myself, take a few breaths, and put my mind at ease. I also like burning a lavender-mint candle because these scents have been proven to increase concentration. Putting your class schedule on your door is another great way to make sure family members are aware and are less likely to intervene or distract you.

3) Stay Behind on WebEx 

Staying after WebEx class has helped me form so many good relationships with my professors at Rollins. More often than not, I attend my professors’ office hours because they make me feel like they genuinely care about my success. You never know when you will need a letter of recommendation in the future, and getting to know your teachers better is a great way to show initiative. 

4) Mark-Up Your Documents 

We’ve all had professors mention something briefly during their presentation and then put it on the exam. If you write notes on your copies of the slides and documents they share with you while presenting, you are more likely to remember it for the test. 

5) Get Some “Pinspiration” 

I left the most important tip for last- stay optimistic. Personally, getting ready and looking good for class (even when it’s online) gives me more confidence. Making a playlist with all my favorite songs also helps put me in a positive mindset. Recently, I created a motivational Pinterest board I can scroll throughout the day to keep myself optimistic during this time. Despite the difficulties we’re all currently experiencing, remaining hopeful and determined will enable you to achieve everything you desire.  

Meredith Klenkel is a Senior English major and the founder of Her Campus at Rollins. She aspires to write comedy for late night T.V one day and publish her own memoirs.