With the advent of COVID-19, one thing that changed most is the movement of education from a room to the world of the internet, with online live classes becoming the norm and the next big thing in our quest to continue with education.
At Gyan Bindu Academy, we have been undertaking online live classes for a few years now and understand the adoption of new technologies and methodologies is not that easy – for both faculty and students.
While our faculty have adapted to it beautifully and are fully equipped to give a world-class online teaching experience to the students, but I would today like to focus on etiquette that students may adopt to maximize their learning experience from online classes since for many this may be their first exposure to this massive shift.
To keep things simple and easy, let me run you through the major to-dos for a great online learning experience:
- Be in time for the class
We always knew our class timings beforehand and use to travel accordingly – braving the heat & traffic on the road still use to reach in time. In the case of online classes, since we know we just need to switch on the system/ app/ camera and get started, we many times get in the class late. We got to be extra cautious that are ready with our notepads, and other material maybe 5 minutes before the start of the class to avoid any last moment delays owing to internet speed, the slow start of the system, etc.
- Stay attentive
While in the class we know there are limited distractions but a big challenge is if we are at home there may be people around, net speed being a bit slow, external noise, and so on, we got to ensure that we stay attentive and ideally take a class from a peaceful part of our house where the speed of the net is also decent. Online it’s very easy to lose attention; therefore we got to be on top every minute.
- Maintain decorum while class is on
Taking from my last point, while being attentive, please do maintain discipline and decorum in the class. There are both one way and two way online classrooms, in case of a two way, we should ensure to not break teacher rhythm while he is teaching, put our audio & videos off for the bulk of the class to avoid any distractions, ideally raise hands (if the technology allows) to ask a question or keep it for the end (or better for the doubt session).
These decorum points will help run a smooth and quality teaching session.
- Ask doubts, but under per defined process
To ensure we are on top of our studies and ask doubts in case there is something not clear, but like I said earlier stick to the defined process and ask that once the teacher finishes or maybe in the defined doubt session/ time period.
- Prepare self-notes
Although you have access to recorded video lectures, it’s always healthy & advisable to create and maintain your own notes while taking the classes. That will always help you stay on top of the studies and subject and results in great preparations.
- Create a follow-up plan
Finally, you must have a self-created follow-up plan. For every subject that you are studying online, ensure you revise the topic thoroughly after the online classes and create a follow-up plan – could be through online test series, study material, etc.
The above are a few targeted yet high-level pointers that we consider most important for the students to follow while they are in the process of taking online classes. There are many additional points that could help to achieve best return from these and we will be happy to run you through them.
Feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 93130 33399 to understand more on the above or in general to check how we are doing on the faculty side and ensuring students have the best online learning experience around CSIR NET, GATE, IIT-JAM/M.SC. Entrance classes and so on. Our batches are starting from June 15, 2020, let’s connect and create a success plan.
Meanwhile remember – Stay Home, Stay Safe.