• Destiny D

How to Have a Great Semester of Zoom University

Break out of those online school blues with these tips to keep you on your p’s & q’s!

By Destiny Daniel

How did your first full semester amidst the coronavirus pandemic treat you? Were you able to adapt to the technicalities and internet issues of online classes? Did the “Zoom fatigue” and sadness of not having physical relationships affect your mental health? Were you checked out? If so, there is no need to worry, because we at Street Smart are providing you with 5 quick and easy tips to boost your morale and success next semester!

5. Eliminate distractions

“You can’t do big things if you’re distracted by small things.”

While at first glance you would think college distractions may be limited due to being at home, more often than not we are finding ways to distract ourselves in our boredom. We are checking every notification we get, tuning in to Disney Plus and Netflix parties, and increasing our time on social media. This will inevitably lead to a four point no season. However, by actively trying to keep your focus on your studies, you will see a big difference.

A for sure way of eliminating distractions consists of:

  1. Make a plan for when you will study or do your work

  2. Unplug and unplay so you can better focus on your work

  3. Take small breaks

  4. Give yourself a reward at the end to work for

4. Actively participate in class

“Do more than belong, participate.”

The flexibility of online courses often extends to not really having to participate, turn on the camera, or be in class. Make sure you are checking in as often as you can, and making a schedule that fits you. If you are working, interning, volunteering, etc. throughout the week, you can plan to fit class work in between those times. Check in daily to see what’s going on in your class, what’s due, etc. And if you do feel yourself falling behind, speak up. Don’t wait until an assignment is almost due to ask questions. Email your professor and be proactive in asking for help.

Ways to actively participate in class:

  1. Keep your camera on

  2. Use the zoom raise hand feature

  3. Use the chat

3. Practice time management (Stay organized)

“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

Time management is key to having excellent grades and opportunities. Look at the syllabus at the start of the semester and make note of all assignment due dates. Mark each of them on a calendar (preferably a phone planner like P Schedule) that you check regularly so you know what workload is coming in the weeks ahead. Don’t forget to factor in prior commitments that may interfere with your regular study schedule, so you can give yourself enough extra time to complete assignments. Another great idea is to create a weekly schedule that you follow, designating certain hours each week to reading, completing assignments, studying, etc.

Time management tips:

  1. Have a planner

  2. Make a schedule / routine

  3. Hold yourself accountable

2. Take advantage of opportunities

“Take advantage of every opportunity, where there is none, make it for yourself.”

College in itself is full of vast opportunities for development, growth, and success. Build relationships with fellow students and teachers! Your peers can be a valuable resource when preparing for exams or getting active in student life. Don’t be afraid to turn to them to create a virtual study group. It is also important to note that the staff within your major are very knowledgeable, and many are working in professions you may like. Thus, it would be wise to befriend and learn from them.

Tips for finding opportunities:

  1. Build relationships

  2. Ask what’s out there

  3. Join clubs/be active

  4. Do your own research

1. Explore!

“The world is yours to explore.”

At the end of the day, the illustrious Zoom University will be what you make of it. Your perspective will be key to your success through your matriculation.. Being at home isn’t all bad, and there are a range of benefits waiting to be explored by you!

Tips for enjoying Zoom University:

  1. Enjoy your me time

  2. Work on activities and passions that will be hard to do on campus

  3. Figure out how you learn best

  4. Spend time with family and friends at home