How to stay motivated during online classes
With many universities and schools still having online classes as Phase 3 COVID-19 restrictions were extended until 9th July, according to MoPH, Zoom is still heavily relied on and relevant in our current lives.
Furthermore, since the (online) fall semester for a majority of universities has just begun, it can get quite tough to stay focused and excited for the next semester.
But don’t you worry! QL has put together a list to help you feel energized for online classes.
1. Choose a study spot fit for you
Key to feeling fresh and positive is making sure that your surrounding environment is welcoming on the basis of what you prefer. Do you work better on a table? Do you work better on a couch? Do you like being out in a park? Or a coffee shop?
Instead of staying holed up in the same room for your online classes and work, move around if you can! Even if it’s within your own living space. You can move to the living room, dining area, or outside in your backyard. Find some good lighting, eliminate distractions, ambient noise, and study in peace.
According to what works for you, find a study space that you feel comfortable in. Having a sound mind surrounded by positive energy that calms and pushes you helps productivity!
2. Check in on yourself
As aforementioned, Zoom fatigue has been spreading extremely with the continuation of online classes. With the pandemic hitting it’s one and a half year anniversary, it’s been a long time since Zoom became a thing of the present.
With this happening, make sure to prioritize your mental health! Having to do your work at home from your laptop every single day gets tiring, make sure you walk around the house or outside, visit a coffee shop following the local COVID-19 regulations, and make sure you are as mentally sound as can be.
With the increase of anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses that keep demotivated and you at bay from work, remember to do what you can to make sure isolating yourself in your space with work isn’t taking too much of a toll on your headspace.
Mindfulness apps, meditating, reading books, cooking, among other hobbies, can also be therapeutic!
3. Stay connected
You may not be able to meet your professors and friends in person, but that doesn’t mean you should stray away from contacting them! Arrange Zoom calls with them, email them with your questions and concerns, even WhatsApp them if they’re comfortable with it!
Even if you can’t knock on their office doors in university like pre-COVID times, there are still plenty of ways to make the most out of all the knowledge your professors and peers hold with the use of the internet.
Staying connected will definitely reassure you regarding your learning development, and will help you get through your online classes easily as you can clarify any doubts you have with this increased communication!
4. Remind yourself of the purpose of the classes -- and visualize outcomes
When you feel demotivated, always remind yourself of why you’re taking these classes to begin with. Whether it’s for a degree, to learn, to have financial security, to work in a certain field, there are many end goals to education. Remind yourself why you took the classes you took in the first place, and picture the outcomes you desired!
You in a dream house, in a graduation hat, working for your dream job...whatever it is, visualize it in your head. Seeing yourself achieve what you desire will definitely push you to work towards this goal!
5. Give yourself rewards
Like how kids are rewarded with a gold star or chocolate after a good assignment, set an award for yourself after every milestone you reach in terms of your work. After a day of Zoom classes, have a bar of chocolate, watch some Netflix! Or maybe, after every major assignment turned in and emailed to your professor, indulge in a hobby that you genuinely enjoy.
Lay back, and unapologetically promise yourself that you’ll do something that you usually don’t do otherwise with all the Zoom classes and assignments at hand. Zoom fatigue has been really common with the pandemic, so make sure you give yourself a pat on the back for everything you’ve accomplished and been through.
There you have it, five ways to make sure you feel fresh and positive even with online classes. Happy Zoom learning!
For more information on the Ministry of Public Health's COVID-19 restrictions lifting plan, please visit moph.gov.qa.
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