The sudden switch to online learning has caused anxiety, fear, and confusion to many learners and educators worldwide.
Aside from the critical problem of equipping students with tools they need to continue their classes (i.e. computer, reliable Internet connection, etc.)—so much so that many have resolved to asking strangers online for spare change (#PisoParaSaLaptop)—navigating a completely new classroom atmosphere is another challenge.
To help enrollees familiarize themselves with new modalities, The Benilde Well-Being Center has come up with several pointers for the psychosocial and emotional well-being of students.
1. Stick to a routine
Stick and follow the schedule despite being online. Log in to the respective websites. Watch lectures. Be consistent in working on the assigned activities. Share your schedule with your family to avoid interruptions.
2. Find the perfect spot
Create or identify an appropriate quiet workplace in the residence. Minimize distractions. Have a separate area for leisure. Do not ever do homework on the couch—It will be less productive.
Utilize Google Calendar to color-code events and deadlines by class. Set specific reminders for certain projects. Check each course page every morning for new tasks. Understand expectations and plan accordingly. Schedule missions to be completed for steady progression week after week.
4. Communicate with classmates and professors
Reach out to professors and classmates regarding subject content, requirements, and time frame for submission. When experiencing sudden device shut-downs or unstable Internet connection, inform professors immediately so they may be able to understand and assist.
5. Set goals
Break down big assignments into smaller jobs. Create daily to-do lists with concrete goals. For example, read five pages a day with an end goal of 25 pages in a week. Create a reward system to make work productive, such as snacks or break times, to retain productivity.
6. Take effective breaks
Studying for long periods of time may cause loss of focus. Get up and move once every hour. Limit phone breaks to five minutes to avoid getting sidetracked.
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