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Learners’ Corner: How to Be a Successful Online Student

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Due to the unexpected effect of the pandemic COVID-19, everyone’s life turned to drastic changes, even the mode of education is forced to the new normal. As a result, this has been impacting an unprecedented number of learners worldwide.

Academia is suddenly entering the world of online teaching. Teachers may have an idea on how to adapt to these changes, but how will the students fair?

Right now, the most efficient way to sustain education and supplement students’ learning is through online education.

Here are simple tips to help students to adjust to online education:

Be open to your teacher

The relationship between teacher and student has always been a central interest of the educational process. As a student, you need to realise that your teacher will be communicating with you about your course. The effects of teacher-student relationships have been researched extensively and point to how positive relationships can have good social and academic outcomes.

Just like with face-to-face learning, when it comes to online education you also need to be sure you are clear on how to follow their instruction at all times. Do not be afraid to ask questions if you need to. 

Organise your files

Prepare a different folder for each subject that you have. Remember that you will be having an online class for this academic year, and might as well be organised as much as possible in your files. It will help you in doing your activities.

Mastering the skills of getting organised, staying focused, and seeing work through to the end will help in just about everything you do.

Establish a functional and comfortable study area

There’s a probability that you will be having an online class for a couple of hours. It will be tiring and unproductive if you do not have your own study area designed to be a functional learner. It will be easier for you to learn if you are also comfortable in your space.

Manage your time and make a routine

Do you still remember your class schedule last academic year? Well, on your own now, do your own schedule. This routine will help you to remind you of the necessary things that you needed to accomplish.

Time management is essential when it comes to doing your coursework, but sometimes it can be quite a challenge to many students. Fortunately, there are lots of apps that can help you manage your time, such as CustomEssayMeister or Google Calendar.

Make connections with fellow students

Definitely, you will miss the interaction and bonding will your classmates. Be connected to your classmates, be friends with them and follow each other on different social media sites. Being a part of the community with your fellow students will help you to adjust to online learning.


Everyone is forced to adapt to online learning; it may be challenging but you’ll get through this. Stay motivated and make the most out of this new normal. Do not forget that it takes time to adjust, so be kind to yourself and to your teachers.   

Dina Relojo is the social media manager of Psychreg. She is a licensed teacher from the Philippines.


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