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It's not surprising that students often feel overwhelmed by online instruction. Learning from home is not without its difficulties. But here are some tips and tricks that USF Instructional Technology faculty members James Hatten (PhD) and Sanghoon Korean, Ph.D. can recommend to help students make the transition into online learning. Get Set for Success From the Start 1. Instruct your students to be productive learners It is difficult to focus on your work while watching Netflix and sitting down. Dr. Hatten, who is an expert in online teaching, recommends that students choose an area of their home that isn't cluttered by distractions. Dr. Hatten comments that the couch is probably not the best spot to be. "Get up! Find a spot in your home that can become your workplace. 2. Make a schedule of when you will complete and when you will be reviewing your assignments It can lead to high levels of stress when one person is working on three classes at once. However, it can be avoided if each class is given specific times. Dr. Hatten shared the following example: Dr. Hatten recommends that students work on one course between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM. This schedule allows students create a structure similar to that found in traditional, in-person classes. Dr. Hatten stated that "most people end up procrastinating, getting too involved that they won’t shut (their) computers off)," "Set some time aside." Apart from the time you need to complete your assignments, it's a good idea also to schedule a time to go through the tasks in each class so that you can make an agenda for each week. Doing this will ensure you don't forget about submitting an assignment. 3. Encourage virtual interactions between your peers It's impossible to study with a group of classmates in the library during this time. But, it is possible to have virtual interactions with others through platforms such GroupMe and Microsoft Teams in order for that sense of community or collaboration to continue. 4. To segment tasks, you can use the chunking' strategy Chunking refers to the act of taking a large task or large amount of information and breaking it up into smaller units. Dr. Hatten suggests that students instead of staring at computers for three hours at once, "chunk" their time following a pattern. Dr. Hatten said, "Work one class, determine a task, reward yourself at each end." "The idea behind this is to get up, get some coffee and a snack. Then go for an hour or so. Then return to do the next piece. Find Motivational Ways to Stay Motivated There are many steps that you can take to make your routine work and stay productive. But sometimes, it's hard to find the motivation to finish the task. Dr. Park, who is a motivational expert for online learners, discusses why students may feel this. He says, "Online courses basically signify that you are learning separately from others." "The feeling of being disconnected from your peers or your instructors--that emotional and physical distance--can cause motivational issues." Dr. Park recommends that individuals first identify their motivation levels and then look for the cause. Here are some strategies he recommends to students. 5. Get more interest in your work. Sometimes, you may have to review a tedious assignment or task. Instead of shrugging it off and just moving on with your day, think about what you can do to make the assignment or task more fun. This strategy is about using your imagination in order to change the work you produce. Read more in Fingerlakes1: Related Resources:​​​​​​​ What are the top online classes help services? 5 TIPS TO SUCCESS IN ONLINE COURSE CLASSES 5 TIPS FOR ONLINE CLASSES SUCCESS 5 TIPS TO SUCCESS IN ONLINE COURSES  


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