Productive Online Classes for Students

By Alexandra Blockton
ablockton@lc.edu

At times, being home and taking online classes can determine your strength of self-discipline. This can be difficult for some reasons, such as if students are used to learning in a classroom atmosphere. It’s not considered to be a bad thing solely because many people learn differently; whereas some students prefer online classes and others prefer the in-person classroom setting, the kind of setting where you are face to face with your instructor as well as other students.

Nowadays, with the newest technology of using different online video meetings, such as Zoom, Google Meet, Blackboard, etc., instructors are able to present their classroom lessons live and teach. Which is really neat because you are still able to see as well as hear your instructor.

Unfortunately, there are issues that come along with online teaching if students, as well as instructors, do not have good internet signal strength. This can lead to individuals being booted offline during a class session. That can be very annoying if it happens constantly! But most of the time it’s really not a bad idea. Especially, if you do not continuously  have internet issues.

I must admit this is my first time being a student in a Zoom as well as Blackboard classroom setting. It’s a learning process for me, but I feel as if it is very beneficial for my future classes if I happen to decide to take online classes. Being a student face to face in the classroom on campus is helpful in many ways; I am able to discuss and participate in person and I can speak with my instructor while seeing facial expressions which helps me learn.

Overall, being an online student isn’t bad at all.  It’s just learning to be self-disciplined in your very own home environment or wherever you decide to participate in your online classes. You have to know as a student when it’s time for you to just focus by turning the television off; make your environment a quiet location for you to learn!

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