Starting Online Classes? Tips to Reduce Your Stress

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In some ways, choosing online learning gets rid of stress. You don’t need to commute to school, and you have more flexibility and independence. On the other hand, a remote program comes with challenges some students are anxious about. Being curious about how to reduce stress from online learning is a key step to succeeding at it.

Create a Space for Learning

Have you ever walked into a room, forgotten what you were doing, and gone back through the door to remember? This is one of the most common ways people notice that learning and memory connect to location. Without knowing it, students link memories of physical classrooms to what they learn there. Just coming to class helps them remember. Plus, when an in-person class is stressful, leaving and returning create a fresh start.

With a little planning, these helpful links and fresh starts are possible for online classes too. The simplest way is to pick a specific spot for classes and homework and make it your own. But there’s no need to set aside a whole room or buy anything new. Making a spot yours can be cleaning the desk, or opening the window by your kitchen table. If you study at the library and on the go, try a little ritual like putting on headphones to play a specific song before starting.

Find a Buddy

One benefit of in-person classes is easily connecting with classmates, and a friend or two can lessen the stress of online school a lot, too. Although you may connect with them in different ways, other students also need study sessions, homework reminders, and a supportive community.  If your teacher makes breakout rooms or discussion threads, ask your group about studying together online. Try out productivity hangouts with other friends, too. Even if they aren’t students, they might need company for hard or boring tasks.

Ask for Help

Many people feel ashamed about facing obstacles to learning, but it’s normal to need support from others. To remember this more easily, make a list of people you can ask for help and the ways they might support you. Your professor should be on the list, of course. A classmate you met during virtual study sessions is perfect to ask about an assignment, but list your best friends for times you need to vent. (Make sure to return the favor!)

Writing this list early is stress-reducing in two ways. First, it’s reassuring to know that if a problem comes up, you won’t feel alone. Since you brainstormed who to reach out to, some work towards fixing that problem will already be done. Second, an easy-to-find list helps you not procrastinate looking for help. The best time to ask for support is before a crisis. For example, professors may not have many ways to help after a big due date is over. If you speak up soon after you realize you are confused or struggling, though, there is more they can do.

Know if It’s Right for You

With good tips to succeed at online learning, you can be ready to handle any stress that comes up. If you feel a remote program is the best choice for you, check out SCI Online. We’re equipping students with concrete skills to succeed beyond the classroom, and we’d be excited to help you learn more.

This article was published on: 02/20/22 1:40 AM

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