Studying in the online realm can be pretty amazing. You can participate in class from any location across the globe and can typically do so at any time of the day. You can work at your own pace and you can even determine how to form a course to your personal learning style. On the same token, though, working online day in and day out can also feel a little isolating. Many online students, no matter their good intentions, end up finding themselves studying alone in their pyjamas with an old sitcom playing in the background.
It can be difficult, at times, to find the resolve to constantly be self-motivated, and all that isolation can make it even more difficult to shake yourself out of a rut if you fall into a less-than-healthy routine. If you ever find yourself stuck feeling restless with your online education routine, it’s important to find ways to snap out of it. Here are some great ways to remember to have fun and take advantage of all the opportunities an online education presents to you:
1. Get to the gym
This may not sound all that fun. But one of the main complaints of over-worked students is that fact that they feel out of shape but don’t have the time to exercise. However, one of the best things about being an online student is that you actually do have the time. Take advantage of it and go break a sweat. You will automatically feel better about yourself and your health.
This is one thing that many college students don’t do very often as on-campus lectures typically take place inside. When you study online, though, you can listen to lectures and view course materials from any beautiful location. Why not go all out and bring a swimsuit, a cold drink, and some tanning oil to your next lecture?
3. Add classmates on Facebook
If you don’t make the effort to connect with your classmates online, you will definitely feel like you’re in school alone. But, as much as you may feel alone, this is just not the case. Each online program is filled with tons of classmates taking exactly the same classes. Try to stir up some friendships, and you could come out with a few built-in study partners, too.
4. Blog about online education
If you want to take a break or need to vent about all things online education, why not start a blog? Information about e-learning will only continue to become more relevant, and you could set yourself up to be a helpful part of that movement and even make money doing so in the future.
If you’re taking online courses and holding down a full-time job, you may struggle with finding the time to go over lectures. Instead of working on all your course materials at home or fitting in time during lunch breaks, try downloading audio lectures and using your commute as study time.
6. Study at a museum café or local diner
Instead of heading to a coffee shop every time you want to get out of the house, try changing it up and going somewhere else to study. Head to a cool diner and take advantage of their bottomless coffees and waffles, or take in some art and a great espresso at a museum cafe. A simple change of atmosphere can go a long way to bringing some life back into your daily grind.
7. Attend in-person school events
Even if you feel like you will never meet any of your fellow online students in person this is not always the case. There are many online programs that offer on-campus class time options or student meet-ups in local areas. Check with your school’s event calendar to see what is offered and make plans to attend.
* Our guest Lauren Bailey is a freelance blogger who loves writing about education, writing, and health. As an education writer, she works to provide helpful information on the best online colleges and courses. She welcomes comments and questions via email at blauren 99 @gmail.com.