Successful strategies to E-Learning

A great number of students all over the world nowadays struggle with the difficulties of online-learning. Even though they were performing wonderful in class, the change of their learning “strategy" due to the recent events caused some inconveniences to them. So, the problem of a great concern is that online classes are not easy for some people but following these tips may help a great way: 

First of all, you should be, or be willing to become, tech-savvy.

Another important point is to check your college’s grading platform/your email every day and to turn the notifications on not to miss anything.

It is extremely vital to work with others effectively, in case you need help, moral support or simply want to discuss something with your peers.

Make sure that you have reliable internet access. 

Problems with technology happen all the time. To avoid mishaps, ensure that you save your work repeatedly and backup regularly using cloud storage, for example Dropbox or Google Documents, in order to be able to access your previous work from your smart phone or tablet, if needed.

Have your personal dedicated study space.
Whether you decide to study in your office or in your living room, ensure that this place is quiet, organised, distraction-free, and available for use at any time. Cut off all electronics or put them on silent. A distraction-free environment boosts your thinking activity and helps you feel more at ease because you are no longer concentrating about everyone else. It overcomes the problem of not being able to concentrate when you try to study.

Your study environment should be one of your main concerns when you are an online learner, so make sure that it enables your study routine.

Identify your learning objectives and goals.

To stay on track with your online course, make sure that you always keep in mind what you hope to accomplish by the end of it. 

Don’t forget to make a study plan.

 Never wait until the day before an assignment due date to start working on it. It will stress you out and stress will prevent you from effectively completing the online task.

Always set time limits to keep track of your work. 

Before you start studying, estimate how much time each task will take to complete, whether it is a specific assignment or simply reading a chapter. Try to stick to your time limits, as this will help you develop your self-discipline and keep on track.

Review, revise,  and repeat your study material to develop your memory capacity and to understand the material deeper.

Don’t forget to stay motivated, it’s crucial for every learning process as you can’t work non-stop. Take a break, take a deep breath, listen to some music, treat yourself with a nice walk or fruit. Never forget the reason why you took this online course.

And, last but not least, accept that you will have productive and less productive days. 

Some useful programmes for teachers and students to use:

Zoom

Project your lessons in group settings with zoom. You can even record the sessions for students who need to review later. This video and audio conferencing tool has a chat functionality where students can ask questions as you teach.

Google Meet

Google Meet is a premium video conferencing product, free for everyone. Meet is a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools,  universities, governments and enterprises around the world.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has a wealth of products, but Teams is great for education! Build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues. Conduct individual and group chats, store files, and even make calls through the platform. Plus your virtual classroom stays secure.

UNESCO offers a great list of helpful resources and platforms that students may find helpful throughout their online journey:

Resources to provide psychosocial support

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Platforms

  • Alison – Online courses from experts, available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
  • Coursera – Online courses taught by instructors from well-recognized universities and companies.
  • EdX – Online courses from leading educational institutions.
  • iCourse – Chinese and English language courses for university students.
  • Future Learn – Online courses to help learners study, build professional skills and connect with experts.
  • Icourses – Chinese language courses for university students.
  • TED-Ed Earth School – Online lessons about nature made available continuously during a 5-week period between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th).
  • Udemy – English, Spanish and Portuguese language courses on ICT skills and programming.
  • XuetangX – Online courses provided by a collection of universities on different subjects in Chinese and English.

Self-directed learning content

  • British Council – English language learning resources, including games, reading, writing and listening exercises.
  • Byju’s – Learning application with large repositories of educational content tailored for different grades and learning levels.
  • Code It – Helps children learn basic programming concepts through online courses, live webinars and other kid-friendly material. Available in English and German.
  • Code.org – Wide range of coding resources categorised by subject for K12 students offered for free by a non-profit.
  • Code Week – List of online resources to teach and learn computer coding, available in all EU languages.
  • Duolingo – Application to support language learning. Supports numerous base and target languages.
  • Music Crab – Mobile application accessible for music education. 
  • Quizlet – Learning flashcards and games to support learning in multiple subjects, available in 15 languages. 
  • SDG Academy Library - A searchable library of more than 1,200 educational videos on sustainable development and related topics.
  • Smart History – Art history site with resources created by historians and academic contributors.
  • YouTube – Huge repository of educational videos and learning channels

We hope that this brief analysis will assist you to find your route in modern e-learning process. British EdUKation Centre's tutors possess valuable experience  in on-line learning and use successfully all the above mentioned Internet platforms and applications to teach on the following academic subjects: English, German, French, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, International Law.

Looking forward to see you in the virtual classes of British EdUKation Centre!