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Online learning

September 18, 2020 by Liam Donaldson

Online learning

If you are reading this, you’re probably a Curtin student, you’ve definitely been impacted by COVID, and you now have more experience in an online learning environment than you’d planned. This also means you’ve probably experienced lecture upload fails, not being able to access your tutorials, and the ups and downs of Blackboard.

As we hit the midpoint of semester 2 2020, and it seems things are going to stay the same for a while, we thought we’d recap our top 5 tips to succeed in an online environment:

  1. Reread your unit outlines
    As we all know, the unit outline is the heart of the unit if you want to make sure you are up to date on all pre-readings, assessments, tests, lab-reports and so much more. The unit outline is your best friend in an online environment.
  1. Take breaks
    This is probably not the hardest one on the list. However, if you want to make sure you don’t strain your eyes, legs, or patience, taking a quick walk around the backyard or the block can help your mind relax and renew.
  1. Tidy up your study space
    Have you got a space set up just for study? Or an area that you mentally identify as a productive workplace? Whether it is a section of the library, a desk in the spare room, or even a table in the garage, now’s a great time for a quick clean up.
  1. Review, revise and repeat
    While the last minute “what does this mean” resources that a face-to-face class provides may not be accessible, learning content inside and out, even rephrasing it, can help you retain the knowledge you need.
  1. Stay positive
    Now, take a breath! This process can be a little isolating, but keeping a level head and optimistic approach, tied in with the above tips, can help you to succeed. So, go out there, do your best and, remember, being online doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

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