It can be intimidating to come to online classes, but these five tips will make your first online class seamless.
Students Who Are New To Online Learning Video
3. PLUG IN: INSTA-RICH
Your brain creates activity in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, which you may have heard associated with learning. But the prefrontal cortex (the brain’s higher decision-making brain region) also controls activity in the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Sounds cool. The VTA plays a role in visual processing, memory, attention, eye movement, and more. About half of the way into the video, go to Settings and Display (third row from the top of the screen) and then click on PTA.
4. KEEP ON TRACK: REMOTETHEUPGRADE
Like all new curricula, video courses need to be developed and tested. Textbooks are usually accepted and reviewed by professors. There will be many syllabi for the course. Your professor, or university student, may send those to you.
5. START DROPPING QUESTIONS: TABLETS
The purpose of a course, besides being an excellent way to learn for most people, is to have a lot of questions. You’ll have questions. You might want to review those questions and make sure they’re OK before throwing them away. You may not finish the course if you go through all that paper, and you may not have the time to review it, but if the instructor asks lots of questions and makes them interesting enough, why waste time tossing out the questions you didn’t get to ask.
6. WRITE DOWN QUESTIONS AND PLUG IT IN: TEXTBOOKS
If you haven’t used the phone app Insta-RICH, the app can help you to understand your course. You can view pictures of words and numbers, type them on the screen, then click on a button to write down answers. In Insta-RICH, if you make any mistakes, you can review a list of all your answers.
7. GET THE INTERNET: AN E-BOOK
In some cases, you will need to buy textbooks. For instance, if your course is based on literature, you may want to read the textbook in the electronic form (and not on a hard copy). If the course is a tech-heavy one, you may not need textbooks. But if you want to stick with textbooks, you should download the book first.
8. BRING THE BOOK: PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Public libraries are wonderful resources for a variety of purposes. You can rent books (even at fees). Many libraries have electronic databases, such as EPUB, that catalog hundreds of public courses. But that’s not essential: just take the book home with you and use the library for research or to shelve it. Go to the library’s front desk. If there’s no one behind the desk, ask a member about the courses. Print a paper copy of the course, and bring it to the library. You can return it in person with a receipt or go to librarian’s office on the second floor. Then check out the book online, or leave the book at the door, and keep your receipt to return it later. And yes, having a hard copy is often more secure.
9. BUY THE BOOK: READ IT AT HOME
Much like the Insta-RICH, a book can help your study, so make a list of books you want to read, and look up the books from the library catalog online. There will probably be time constraints. It’s important to set aside that time and prioritize your homework. And if you have the title, go ahead and read the book.
10. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: LISTEN TO CLASS
When you finish the course, keep listening for the instructor to announce if the student reached a certain mark. Or simply listen for the student speaking to their instructor to thank the instructor for an assignment that fell by the wayside because they forgot to submit it. You can also view the faculty evaluations: you may find the instructor not recommending the student. But think of it as putting on a career wear suit, and then finding out after you’ve put it on who those impressions were.