Learning online has many advantages and with proper techniques it can be a place to learn effectively. Here are some of the tips and tricks to help students learn effectively online.
1. Follow a well-structured curriculum
Online learning can be difficult and challenging at times as you may find yourself managing different tasks while trying to minimise distractions. It is important to have a set of structured curriculum to follow so that browsing and searching for relevant information could be minimised and you can just focus on grasping, learning and applying the concepts.
2. Pace your learning
As much as we would want to study for hours straight, it is just not humanly possible to remember everything you learnt and likely a counterproductive method to study. Having bite-sized learning objectives is paramount and taking breaks regularly is crucial.
One popular and useful time management method is called the Pomodoro Technique where you are encouraged to study in 25-minute chunks separated by 5-minute breaks. After about 4 Pomodoro study chunks, you can take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Be involved in an online community
Learning together with a community keeps you accountable and motivated to go on. A community can also be a place where you can learn collaboratively with other learners as you share ideas and learning points with one another. Studying in silo may give you more focus, but learning with others gives you so much more room to improve as you consider other perspectives and methods of tackling Mathematics questions.
4. Have a good online instructor
We can all agree that the experience learning in a physical classroom and learning online can be vastly different. This is true for the teacher in a physical classroom and behind a screen as well! Choose an online tutor who is comfortable and is clear in their explanations behind a screen so that you can learn with ease online.
5. Use online tools to help you visualise certain Mathematical concepts
With so many online programmes and software available these days, there is definitely no lack of online tools to aid you in your learning! In Mathematics, you can make use of graphing or modelling tools to help you understand certain Mathematical concepts. Our favourite graphing tool is Desmos (you can check it out here! https://www.desmos.com/calculator). In Desmos, you can adjust the variables to see how the graphs change in shape for you to visualise the graph. We also use other tools like Sketchup and Geogebra to aid you in visualising 3-Dimensional problems.