Five tips for long distance schooling during the pandemic

Staring at the screen while everyone goes to sleep isn’t the best, I feel you. While virtual learning is expected to last longer to keep our community safe, here are my five tips to avoid burnout and make the best of online classes.

1. Set goals and an implementation timeline

You might have seen this tip somewhere. In fact, this is the best practice during virtual schooling to help you succeed. Do ask yourself what your goals for this semester are, how you will achieve them and when assignments and quizzes are due. By doing these, you will stay on top of deadlines and have worry-free time for extracurricular activities!

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2. Dress up as if you’re physically showing up for class

Did you know that dressing up can get you in the mode for school? Changing out of your pyjamas and putting on your favourite hoodies or casual business outfits may help your mind distinguish between study time and rest time better.

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3. Get enough sleep

School is important, but make sure you treat yourself with good sleep as well! I find myself more concentrated and productive during class time when I have a good sleep, despite a 12-hour difference in time from Hanoi, Vietnam. If you feel sleepy during the day like I do, a quick 30-minute nap will also help!

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4. Have some refreshments with you

If you feel sleepy or hungry during night classes, snacking can help. There are many healthy and tasty snacks such as yogurt, smoothies and nuts that you can munch on. My favorite has to be roasted pistachios, as a handful of them can actually help me sleep better after class time.

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5. Schedule time for working out

20 minutes of working out every day will help you strengthen your physical and mental health, especially during pandemic times. Various online workout programs such as Morning Yoga or DanceFIRE from Ryerson’s Group Fitness Classes on Zoom Live are available for free. So let’s move along, shake your anxiety away and get active!

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