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5 Ways to Stay Productive With Remote Classes

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

I’m sure everyone is aware that we are experiencing and facing a difficult season. Now, as an added obstacle for college students, classes are entirely remote. Online classes are not for everyone, so here are five tips for staying productive with remote classes.

Don’t forget class attendance.

Remote classes are not the exact same as online classes. You will probably have to attend class virtually at the same time as your class was on campus. Check-in with your professor to see how your class will be carried out for the remainder of the semester, and check Canvas and your email regularly for class updates!

Create a schedule and keep a routine.

Using a planner and writing out your schedule for a single day or the week can help to get your work done. If you can, you should keep your routine of getting dressed for the day so that you are not lounging around in pajamas and feeling too lazy to be productive.

Set a timer and reward yourself. 

As you are working, set a timer for how long you want to work with zero distractions. A timer always helps me focus and be more productive when working on a particular project. After the timer ends, reward yourself! Your reward could range from scrolling through social media, watching an episode on Netflix or eating special snacks. This can help you manage your time and get your to-do list completed!

Clear your workspace. 

Set up space (preferably not your bed) for you to work on assignments. Make it nice, clean and clear of distractions. My workspace is by my window, so I have a decent view of natural light coming into my room. Having a space that is specifically for completing work also helps you feel as if you are at work or school.

Have someone to hold you accountable. 

You are not alone, even if you feel isolated. Nearly the entire world and its population are in the same situation as you, so having the support of a friend could  be beneficial. Start a chat with your friends and share your daily goals. By the end of the day, report back to each other about your daily accomplishments. Open a video chat and work on homework at the same time together. Of course, you will be staring at a computer screen to communicate with your friends, but video chat is a great option for studying and holding each other accountable.

There are numerous ways for you to navigate the isolation of this difficult time. Do not forget to stay positive and to contact your professors (and other resources) when you are confused and need help!

Good luck with your courses and remember: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Hey, I'm Sara! I'm currently a graduate student at USF, working on my Master's in Global Sustainability. My undergrad was in English (Professional Writing & Technical Communications) and Psychology. My career goal is to do digital storytelling. I love writing, photography, & cows :)
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