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Staying focused with online classes - December 27th 2015, 08:56 PM


I am taking two online classes during winter break, and one during next semester, plus one that's a hybrid meaning it's half online half in class.

How do I stay focused? I'm already bored of my online history class and finding it too easy to get sidetracked.


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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 28th 2015, 12:54 AM

I took an online class and I feel your pain! I get sidetracked so easy. Maybe try turning off your phone, the TV, the lights and everything else, and get a bunch of candles. Light them and get to work. It's calming. It helped me relax and concentrate. Or you could put headphones in and blast it while you work, that helps me too. Good luck!
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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 28th 2015, 12:55 PM

All distractions OFF!!! Phone, social media, cat, dog, whatever. when you have nothing to help you procrastinate and be an alternative to online classes here and now, it wil lbe easier to concentrate for sure. Good luck!
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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 28th 2015, 07:10 PM

I think the internet is my main distraction. I dropped one winter class because the requirement wasn't feasible for me (I had to attend a play but I have no time over such a short break) but I still have the history class.

I do need the internet for my work however.

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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 28th 2015, 08:24 PM

Hey Dez,

Seeing as your internet is the main distraction, are there any libraries you could go to? That may help a bit (or at least it helped me focus on school work rather than playing games/listening to music lol).

Otherwise, there are apps and tools that you could install to temporarily block certain websites for a set amount of time. You could try those to help with the internet as a distraction.

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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 28th 2015, 09:54 PM

If you're using Chrome, try doing the required internet stuff in an incognito window, you can still pull up websites and email, but you'll have to log into everything, the extra step may slow you down. Boring classes are the worst because it's not even interesting enough to hold your attention, but you know you have to do it. Good luck.

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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 29th 2015, 03:00 PM

Hey, Dez, I've taken courses online and it does get pretty distracting with Facebook/Twitter/social media or other websites you go on. I think these days, it's natural for us to check those things without realizing it, and then get sidetracked.

Maybe set a allocated time to focus on doing the coursework for your online class? I think Kate has a good idea with the incognito window, open one so it's an extra step to log into your social media accounts or accounts you may have on other websites.

Good luck with your course!
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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 29th 2015, 03:17 PM

Online courses can be your best friend and your worst enemy at the same time. I have taken many, so I totally feel your pain lol. What worked best for me was to break down the tasks. For example, in most of my classes there was an online component every week (lecture notes or videos), some readings (even if it was an online pdf, I still counted it as separate from the lecture component) and then assignments (a mixture of weekly quizzes/checkins, papers, tests etc.). So with all of these tasks, I would commit to sitting down for an hour or 2 and going through the lecture, no pressure though, set it for what ever you can manage and make yourself focus, put your phone away and turn off the TV and force yourself to pay attention, even if you can only last for 45 minutes and realize you're only half done the lecture part, then that's fine, take a break, check YouTube and Facebook and stretch your legs then come back for the second half. After that's done, reward yourself good and proper. Then when you want, come back to the reading part, again, force yourself to get through 30 minutes or an hour or what ever you can manage, but try to finish half of it, then come back for the last half, and so on and so forth.

I find that it's the worst trying to make yourself sit down for endless, non-determined amounts of time to study, especially when it is for an online course since, traditionally, you're made to sit through a lecture whether you like it or not, and the online course is at your own pace. But honestly, like I said, breaking down the work and then setting up a time frame to work on it really helps; the nice part being that you could theoretically space it over the week too - lecture on Monday, reading on Tuesday, assignments the rest of the days, you know... Hopefully this helps.

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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 29th 2015, 08:04 PM

This is why I hate online courses. I usually avoid them like horeshit unless they are at least interractive enough to keep me engaged.

What I found that works... is setting a fixed amount of time aside each day. It worked better if I did in the mornings, before noon. How early depends on the person.


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Re: Staying focused with online classes - December 30th 2015, 05:48 AM

I've taken a few online classes both high school and university and I've found that allotting a certain amount of time per class helps.
I would pick a time (either once a week for 3 hours or twice a week for an hour and a half) and go to the library to review the notes, lectures and start homework. I found that by allotting the time into my schedule and making it a weekly thing (much like a normal class) would help to keep me focused and prevent me from getting lazy or procrastinating. I would review at home every day by reading the material and such as well. One thing that helped me was to print out all the lecture notes and the extras that were posted so I could read/highlight/add more info, etc which is easier for me to study from.

Depending on the type of computer you're using, you can download programs to help you focus. I use this program and it's great because you can set an amount of time where it will block "distracting webpages" like FaceBook, Skype, Twitter, Mail, etc. You can add other webpages to the block list (like Tumblr or TeenHelp!) If you try to get on a "blocked" webpage, it will post a motivational quote (they have a bunch but you can add your own as well) and the hardcore mode is super helpful because you can't stop a timer once you've started it.

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Re: Staying focused with online classes - January 3rd 2016, 11:17 AM

Usually I dedicate one or two days for my online classes. I finished up my bachelors online and my MSN is going to be mostly online except for the clinical portions. I usually dedicate a Saturday or a Friday to the class and it is around 5 to 6 hours. This could include writing a long paper. I do read my books at work though.
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Re: Staying focused with online classes - January 13th 2016, 01:53 PM

I don't know exactly) I study online only typing with http://www.ratatype.com/
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Re: Staying focused with online classes - January 13th 2016, 11:45 PM

Go to the doctor and ask for a prescription for ADHD meds. Trust me, they work.
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