Online classes are a unique opportunity to take BYU classes from anywhere in the world. These classes provide scheduling flexibility and can be adapted to meet your needs. However, this also requires taking a higher level of responsibility for your own learning. Check out some of our favorite tips below!
Connecting With Others
- Professors – reach out to professors with questions, to say thank you, etc. Connecting with professors of many backgrounds and areas of expertise is a unique and important aspect of your university experience. Build these connections by being proactive in reaching out to your professors. They want to connect with you, you just need to reach out.
- Other Students – set up study groups through Zoom or another technology medium, call or text a friend from class, etc. These connections will help you be successful now and later and can make online learning a lot more fun.
- Friends – use your BYU Zoom account to connect with friends. You have free access to Zoom, in and out of classes. Take advantage of this resource to set up a friend video chat, book club, Come Follow Me group etc. You can even play games like Pictionary with the draw feature.
- TAs – TAs are here to help you! Look at Learning Suite or emails from TAs/Professors for specifics on what TA hours look like in your classes. If you are unsure or have questions send them an email!
- Family & Friends – if you are with your family or other friends, take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with them right now. Remember, there is a reason you are where you are and are with who you are with.
Time & Location
- Have a Schedule – structuring your time can help you get things done. Consider these questions: when am I most productive? What motivates me to get things done? What do I need to do today?
- Set Reminders – Use something to help remind you of important deadlines, live classes, watching recorded lectures etc. It can be easy for assignments, and even class, to slip through the cracks, especially with a change of schedule. Be proactive about remembering what you need to do and when. Set timers on your phone for tasks during the day, use a paper planner, electronic calendar, Excel spreadsheet, etc. Whatever will best help you complete your tasks.
- Set Specific Locations – Train yourself to do specific tasks in specific locations. As convenient as it sounds to listen to your Zoom class from your bed, it probably isn’t your highest functioning location. Choose a location where you can eliminate distractions and choose to be dedicated to doing you school or work. If you get bored with only one location you could have several different spots or different locations for different tasks.
- Goals/Follow-up – Goals play an important part in progress and learning. Having built in follow-up time plays a big role in helping your goals be meaningful and carry over into action. Consider the following questions: What do I want to accomplish and when? What will I do to accomplish these goals? When will I evaluate my progress and adjust my goals?
- Mindset – Choose to have a growth mindset. You may not have done online classes before, but you can learn to be effective in them now. It is possible to learn and adapt. You can get back up when you fall. Having a growth mindset includes viewing challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow, not the end of the road. If you find yourself having a fixed mindset or feeling discouraged one day, don’t worry, you can choose to change and work on developing a growth mindset.
Understanding Growth Mindset
Study & Other Tips
- Study – With online classes you still need to study. It is important to schedule study time outside of classes just like you would in any in-person class.
- Use Resources – Remember that there are resources to help you! Use Learing Suite, Zoom, virtual TA labs, and other BYU online resources (Research and Writing Center, Business Career Center, etc.) that are available to help you in your class.
- Get Ready for Your Day – Do whatever it is that will help you feel your best in the morning. You might not be going out, but getting up, showering, making your bed, etc. can help you feel your best and be ready to conquer the day.
- Exercise – Exercising releases endorphins and helps you to feel your best. Even going on a short walk can help brighten your mood and boost your motivation.