At the onset of COVID-19 spread, academic grounds were shaken across the globe. It forced school administrators to strategize the operations, bringing all classes online.
Hence, Online education is not new.
Many schools were already practicing it before 2019. Yet, the pandemic required the full online setup, with limited to no interactions with the teachers, which is more felt by those living in underdeveloped and developing nations.
The digital divide became more evident, which built walls and other substantial barriers to academic success.
Self-directed learning skills were demanded, and this article gives tips on employing self-directed learning in this online learning setup.
Provide yourself with the necessary learning materials.
Some students were too dependent on what the teachers will provide, but preparation should start on your end as learners. You do not wait for motivation to be showered on you because self-directed learning is about being responsible for your academic success.
Buy yourself notebooks and pens, a table, or a comfortable chair. You may also opt to make or borrow those materials if you do not yet have the purchase budget. The point here is to provide yourself with your learning materials.
Create a friendly schedule for studying.
Time blocking is a good option. If you have other commitments or prefer to study at dawn, schedule it during those times of the day that are friendly to you. Do not force yourself to be a morning person if you are a nocturnal one unless you have synchronous classes during the day.
Take advantage of the blended learning setup by choosing a study time that is friendly to your other schedules and commitments. The point is that you set a daily time to focus on what you need to study.
Connect with your teachers and classmates.
You are not alone in this journey, even if you must employ self-directed learning. Even those not enrolled in any academic course but learning some skills online are encouraged to connect with people in the same boat as them. In this setup, you should connect with classmates and teachers to discuss in group chats or online meetings the topics you were studying to deepen your understanding of what you are reading and widen your imagination.
You can always talk with people who you share your academic journey with.Jevannel
Read more and write more.
Learning is about breathing in (Reading) and breathing out (Writing).
Self-directed learning is about training yourself to read more and more so you can write more and more.Jevannel
Know your pace and try to improve constantly.
This journey is not a race. Yet, it has its destination, but you have your own pace of learning, and you need to know that. This does not mean you’ll settle in your pace but try to improve constantly. I always tell myself that if I can’t be the best, I will try to be “ALWAYS BETTER.”