Setting Up Your Workspace for Online Learning
As an online learner, it's important that you put your best foot forward from the start, and setting up your workspace to help you be productive is an important part of this. Examining how other people operate can be a big help, but don’t feel like you need to emulate them exactly. What works for one person may be a complete disaster for someone else.
To break it down further, let’s look at some different components of the workspace:
- Noise – Some people can only be productive if the area in which they study is completely silent. Others need the sounds of the street outside, their kids playing in the background, or some music on the radio to propel them forward.
- Organization – It’s likely that you’ll find your own unique way to stay on track. Do you keep a record of due dates on a calendar that fits in your pocket or on your phone? Is making lists your forte, or do you prefer more of an “organized chaos” approach?
- Study Time – The great thing about the asynchronous format of online learning is that you can study and attend class when it’s convenient for you. It could be 2 o’clock in the afternoon or 2 o’clock in the morning. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re able to satisfactorily complete your work and attend class.
- The Buddy System – Do you find it beneficial to have a partner in crime to help you study, or do you prefer to work alone? You could always marry the two as well – work on your own, but have a friend or relative quiz you to ensure that you’re on the right track.
As we mentioned at the top of this blog post, there’s no right way to study online, only your way. If it works for you and you’re excelling academically, by all means, stick to it!