How to stay focused taking classes online
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How to stay focused taking classes online

How To Stay Focused Taking Classes Online with these six tried and tested tips. Even though my classes are almost over, I still remember the struggle of trying to adjust to online classes.

At the same time, the whole world was entering quarantine, so that meant that even the family members who were here to visit couldn’t go back abroad. As a result, the home was much more crowded than usual, which meant that it was also noisier than normal, making learning from home less than ideal.

Stay Focused Taking Classes Online with these 6 simple tips

However, I managed to struggle through it and complete my spring semester from home with a semester average of 3.9 and a summer semester average of 4.0, so I am living proof that it can be done, and here is how.

1. Time blocks

Creating time blocks will help your mind stay in an activity even though you are at home, time blocks will also help you out with boundaries and stuff while you’re home all day. Time blocking is a time management method that asks you to divide your day into blocks of time.

Each block is dedicated to accomplishing a specific task, or group of tasks, and only those specific tasks. Say your family wants you to help with things that you normally wouldn’t have done while you were in school all day, your time blocks will show them when you are available and when you are not.

2. Schedule

Scheduling is very important. Keep in mind that just because you are at home doesn’t mean that anything about school will change, you will still have your assignments, CATs, and of course group work. A schedule will help you stay on top of all the tasks you have, daily, weekly, and monthly.

A schedule will help you remember things that are easy to forget like extra credit assignments and assignments and like reading assignments and stuff like that.


I don’t know how it works in other parts of the world but in Africa, if you are at home your family reads that as available to be sent all over and that you have nothing better to do. Friends, listen, if you don’t set boundaries you will fail. It is that simple.

Just because you are not mean that class time is not a precious appointment that has to be honored by you and respected by your family. Here is the thing, if you don’t take your schooling seriously, no one else will.

Any requests for you to run errands when you have class should be rejected without hesitation, say you’ll do whatever they need after classes and if it’s urgent then they can send someone else or simply go themselves.

4. Take responsibility

This one really helped me out a lot. I volunteered to be the class representative of all the classes I took. This of course put a lot of pressure on me to always be on time for our online classes and to stay on top of everything throughout the semester because I didn’t want to let my professor down as the bridge between the class and him/her.

This, of course, might not work for everyone because not everyone is akin to leadership, however, if you think it can help you stay focused on learning virtually then, by all means, use it.

5. Ask for help

This is something I also saw with my friends and acquaintances. If you are having a hard time setting boundaries for yourself and governing yourself, then lean on your friends for help.

I shall cut in here and talk about something I have mentioned before, in college if you make the right kinds of friends then you will fail, that’s a given, so make sure you are in good company.

With that said, you should have friends who, first, want to succeed in their undergrad and who in turn want to see you succeed in your undergrad, so when you ask them for help they should be more than willing to help.

6. Create a conducive environment

As a result of my house being so crowded and noisy during the day, I resulted in studying and doing my assignments at night. Note that I didn’t use my environment as an excuse, so I can fail, I simply did my best to maneuver the environment I was in, and you should do the same.

If you can’t study at night then perhaps on the weekends when people are running errands and if all else fails, go over to your friend’s house and study from there. I did that too sometimes :).

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