Online Class Success Tips


Create a Study Space and Routine

  • Continue your routine.
    Get up, take a shower, change out of pajamas, drink a cup of coffee and have breakfast, and work on your class as if you were on campus. Structure and routine are healthy and also helps to ward off worsening depressive/anxious symptoms.
  • Create a study or office space.
    Pick a space anywhere but your bed or the bathroom. Try the kitchen table, dining table, coffee table, couch, or even a corner on the floor.
  • Create a quiet, neat study area.
    Distractions and clutter interfere with studying. Select a quiet spot where you are unlikely to be interrupted and organize it so that you can study efficiently.
  • Find the proper lighting.
    Lighting can be important for learners. If you thrive in a more formal setting, you may need brighter light to help you engage. If you thrive more individually and informally, natural light near a window or softer light may help.
  • Use a surge protector for your computer and electronics.
    Try not to avoid plugging them straight into a wall socket.  

Study Strategies

  • Turn off notifications on your tablet and phone.
    Do this and say goodbye to all the interruptions you've been getting when you were supposed to be focusing on your schoolwork. This tip alone will make you a much more productive student.
  • Do the hardest topic first.
    Do the thing that you don’t want to do first. Get it done and move on to easier subjects.
  • Take a break and eat.
    Take breaks, move around, and eat lunch and/or dinner. Do not eat extra snacks; this will lead to sleepiness.
  • Use bits of unexpected free time to study.
    Carry “pocket work” with you to review whenever you have a few minutes of free time. For example, have a set of index cards with course notes on hand that you can conveniently pull out and look at during spare moments.
  • Do a “learning check” by teaching the content.
    A very effective way to check whether you have learned course content is to try to teach that information to another person like a study partner.
  • Do a test preparation ritual, which consists of two parts.
    First, if you're prone to test anxiety, take a few minutes to write down your worries and get them out of your head. Research has shown that this actually helps students improve their test grades. Second, after the test starts, brain-dump any important facts you're afraid you'll forget onto scratch paper – formulas, measurement conversions, etc.
  • Reward yourself.
    Select an activity that you find rewarding (watching a favorite Netflix show, playing video games, etc.) Set a contract with yourself to complete a set amount of studying (to study chemistry for 90 minutes). If you meet your short-term study goal at the end of the study period, give yourself the reward.

Communicate with your Professors & Classmates

  • Stay in communication with classmates and your professors.
    • Download the Zoom app to your phone or start looking at it online. This will likely be used in place of face-to-face interaction.
    • If internet access is spotty, download the content from the learning management system.
    • Look into all the free apps and software available to you from MCC, as a student, and in general.
    • Download the free Adobe App to scan in documents if this is needed.
    • Know your learning style strengths and how to create opportunities for yourself with the material provided online.
  • Continue to socialize from afar.
    While we may not be able to have as many in-person gatherings, don’t forget about the other ways to be social.
    • Call or text your family and friends.
    • Video chat and FaceTime! A perfect time to reach out to that person you have been missing.
  • Take social media breaks.
    While social media can help with the socializing piece, take multiple breaks within your day. This will help avoid the fear and anxiety about current situations and circumstances. It’s good to stay informed but we don’t want to become inundated.
  • Practice healthy self-talk.
    Yes, it’s ok to talk to yourself, and this is an important time to ensure you are keeping your thoughts and self-talk healthy! Remind yourself of what’s going well in life; remind yourself what is happening now isn’t forever, etc.
  • Make sure all contact and emergency information is current.

Helpful Resources 

  • Free Adobe Scan App
    With Adobe Scan, easily capture and convert documents, forms, business cards, and whiteboards into high-quality Adobe PDFs. And with different capture modes, you can ensure that you capture the clearest scan every time. The free Adobe Scan mobile app works on your mobile device, scans documents into PDFs, automatically recognizes text, and can be found in the Google Play and Apple Store.