How can I be ready before each of my online classes?

Nowadays, thanks to technology, the ways of training are more and more varied. In fact, in recent years online courses have become extremely popular and are developing at a rapid pace.

So if you are struggling to adapt to these changes and are not sure how to prepare yourself before an online class, here are no. 6 best tips to be ready before each online class!

Get Organized

Distance learning courses are extremely practical because they leave a great deal of organisational freedom, which is one of the major advantages. On the other hand, although they can make your life easier, you still need to stay very organized. Indeed, if you’ve switched to online education, it’s probably because you’re very busy and have a sideline activity, whether you have a job or you’re at university or high school for example. And juggling all this is certainly not easy and requires organization.

The best thing is to have a monthly calendar. That way you can see in advance the day of the next class. This makes it possible to get organised and to dedicate a moment for each of your activities.

Moreover, taking courses on the internet requires preparation and above all some work on the side. A good organization is therefore essential to have the time to do the homework given by the teacher on time, or to respect the deadlines set.

Having the right material for a distance learning course

To take courses on the internet, you need functional and adapted material. And making sure you are well equipped is as much a part of the preparation as the rest.

To begin with, most of the classes are held by videoconference. So, the basis is to have a computer or a tablet. You don’t need to have a state of the art model and invest hundreds and hundreds of dollars, but make sure it works properly and has up-to-date software to be able to give the course. For example, Classgap requires the Windows 7 operating system as a minimum to be able to take advantage of our virtual classroom.

An internet connection is more than essential! Indeed, all platforms or software allowing videoconferencing require an internet connection. The higher the speed, the better the quality of the course.

Finally, invest at all costs in a microphone and a webcam, if your computer is not already equipped with one. Otherwise, you won’t be seen or heard by your teacher. However, communication is essential in a private lesson, it is an exchange between the tutor and his student and not a one-way discussion.

Set a clear goal before each session

Having a goal is necessary, this applies to any aspect of daily life but especially to education. Everyone has different motivations and you need to identify your own. This will help you, first of all, to maintain your desire to move forward, but it will also help you to stay structured and not get lost in tackling off-topic themes, for example. This is a long-term goal.

It may be o obtain a mention in the baccalaureate, such as “to know how to play your favourite song on the guitar”, or “to be able to live in an English-speaking country”.

Thus, the preparation of an online private lesson also requires the identification of a goal.

But you also need to set a goal, this time smaller, before each class.  For example, it could be to have understood concept X in physics and be able to solve the exercises. The goal is to stay focused on it throughout the class. You don’t let up until it’s totally acquired. It has been proven that having a concrete objective in mind helps you to progress more efficiently because you can visualize the outcome.

Moreover, it is very important to discuss it with your teacher at the beginning of the course, or even beforehand, so that he or she can adapt the lesson accordingly.

Prepare a list of questions

After a class, reviewing the course or doing additional exercises to put the concepts seen into practice, you may encounter difficulties because some concepts have not been fully integrated in the presence of the teacher, for example.

In this case, we advise you to write down all your questions in a very precise manner so that you can ask them in the next class. If you don’t write them down, thinking that you can remember everything in your head, the risk is that you may not remember exactly where the problem originated. This will make it harder for the teacher to understand the gap and focus the explanation.

So making a list of questions is a very good habit to take between each lesson in order to move forward effectively.

In addition, you can also write down topics you wish to discuss, or other.

Remove all distractions

In a distance learning course, you are not in a classroom entirely dedicated to learning. You are often at home in a café or library studying. Of course, this is an advantage, but it is not always positive. By being in a public place or comfortably at home, you can be distracted quite quickly. You have a lot of distractions all around you: noise from your family or the street, notifications from your smartphone, a dish in the oven etc. And all those little things that seem so insignificant can greatly affect your efficiency and concentration during the course.

For this reason, the best thing to do is to eliminate anything that might distract you during class, at first, such as the phone for example.

The second thing to do is to find yourself in a place that you are going to dedicate solely to studying. In this way, your brain will directly associate this place with learning and you will unconsciously be much more focused. Many students review their courses on their bed. This method is not at all suitable because the brain does not understand if this place is reserved for information assimilation or sleep. The result is an ineffective revision session and poor sleep.

It doesn’t have to be a study room in your house, you can choose any place where you feel comfortable to study.

Incorporate the habit of studying into your routine

In private classes, although the teacher is alone with you and gives you his full attention, it is not up to him to do the work, you have to invest a minimum of effort to get results, not only during the lesson but also by yourself outside of class.

So in order to be well prepared for an online course, it is essential to work regularly on the side. But it’s never easy to take the initiative on your own and work without anyone to force you to do it. So you need to incorporate the habit of studying into your routine. The more regularly you do it, the easier it will be.

Working regularly and reviewing these courses between lessons is essential. It is very important to arrive at the course prepared, knowing in detail what was seen last time. This allows you to progress more quickly and cover more material in one hour of class.

With these tips, you should be ready to start your private correspondence course! Let’s get started!


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