5 tips to stay focused during online learning

Updated: Aug 26, 2021


A student sits at a small table with an open laptop and with headphones in

Do you struggle with maintaining focus during your online courses? With so much sources of entertainment available on the internet today, it's easy to become distracted while you are sat at your desk.


Here are some pointers on how to stay focused as well as productive during your online study.


1. Maintain a consistent schedule


Even if you have to take your classes online, you should stick to your regular schedule. Start your day the same way you always do, whether it's by showering, going for a morning jog or eating a healthy breakfast.


If you are used to getting a cup of coffee before class, make sure you get up early enough to make one for yourself to drink during class! Maintaining a routine will help you stay focused and maintain your energy levels throughout the day.



2. Eliminate Distractions


Make sure that the TV and other forms of background noise are turned off, and that your classwork is the only thing open in your browser. Procrastination is much simpler when there are distractions, therefore turning off the television and avoiding distracting websites can help a lot.


One of the most likely causes of distraction is social media. Social media offers hours of pointless pleasure with its limitless memes, videos, articles, status updates, and more. There are various apps and browser extensions that might help you restrict the amount of time you spend on social media.



3. Make a daily checklist


Making a daily checklist, preferably every morning, is an excellent approach to remind yourself of upcoming deadlines and to estimate how much time you will have to complete projects and assignments. This will help you a lot, especially as you get closer to exams, which will most likely include writing assignments, quizzes, participating in discussion activities and more.



4. Take regular breaks


When studying online, you won’t have a teacher giving you a 15 minute break and you might not have time to relax between classes so it is important to take regular breaks!


Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Make sure you don't work for more than a couple hours straight at a time.



5. Reach out


Even if you can't see your classmates or teachers anymore, you can still communicate with them. When you have a question or don't understand something, don't hesitate to ask your teachers or classmates.


To keep on top with what is being taught, try to participate more in class discussions. It’s also an opportunity to express any feelings of uncertainty and anxieties you may have regarding your studies.



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