Before we get into the tips and tricks for online classes, the first step is to change your language. Think about a phrase or word someone told you that really hurt. You may have even had a physical response to the pain caused by crying. The same way words from people hurt us, is the same way the language we use hurt ourselves. One might not have a physical response, but it definitely affects us. It affects our motivation, will power, effort, and ability. For the next few weeks (and rest of your life really), I urge you to be kind to yourself. Instead of saying “I am going to fail this class” say “I am going to try my best.” It won’t be easy, but you will get through it standing. That being said, here are 4 tips to help you to adjust to online classes.
4) Set SMART goals: Set goals for the rest of the semester. Another good acronym here is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound). Your goals should consist of all five. Don’t stretch yourself beyond your breaking point. At the same time, don’t underestimate your abilities. You are not mediocre but you are not a superhero either. Be SMART. Set goals, and tell your friends about those goals so that it becomes more concrete. Also, ask one of your friends to be an accountability partner so that you have someone to hold you to your word.