College life this year has been unprecedented. I transferred to a new college in the beginning of this semester. This was during the transition to completely online classes due to COVID-19. The process of transferring on its own is very hectic but on top of all the new adjustments because of the pandemic was a lot to handle on top of being a new student. Below you will find three tips that have made the transition to online classes much easier for me.
I was in uncharted territory where all interactions were via zoom. I had numerous technical difficulties that made classes all the more stressful. A few weeks into the semester I was able to get a hang on things by doing these three tips to handle college life.
My first tip to adjusting to online classes is to create a structure for yourself.
I am a self-proclaimed procrastinator so online classes have always been difficult for me. It is so easy to fall into the pattern of procrastinating assignments with online classes. To combat my procrastinating tendencies, I use a planner and block out hours of the day to do my assignments. I am currently using a planner from amazon that has worked great for me.
My second tip is to communicate with your professors.
It is a strange time where there is hardly any face to face communication but don’t let that deter you. Communicating over email is very effective. Any questions I’ve had I email my professors and all of them have responded promptly.
My third tip is to reach out to your classmates.
It may sound odd since classes are online but if you have synchronous lectures on zoom most professors will have breakout rooms where you will interact with your classmates. During these breakout rooms I have discussed with other classmates and we’ve exchanged numbers making it easier to ask questions or compare answers.
All colleges are struggling right now to adjust to a new normal, so it is important we all have patience and try to make the best of the situation!
Let me know what you think of my three tips to handle college life!