By: Annabelle Menla

The COVID-19 shutdown has affected all of us in different ways, but one effect we’re all dealing with is suddenly navigating online courses. But don’t panic! We’re all in this coronavirus shutdown together, and we’ll get through it together. I’ve learned a few tricks and techniques for making the most of online learning, and I think they’ll help you get through the semester, too.

Get Organized

  • Get a planner/calendar to keep up with assignments and due dates. 
  • Syllabuses have changed a great deal because of the transition to online courses, so be attentive to shorter deadlines.
  • Set reminders on your phone and computer for all assignments.

Stay On Point

  • Try to limit your distractions (Put your phone on Do Not Disturb).
  • Get a jump start on assignments by reading ahead and taking notes.
  • Set a daily checklist of goals you would like to accomplish. 

Stay Connected

  • Connect and check in with classmates; hold each other accountable for task and work updates.
  • Use Zoom and other video platforms to talk to your classmates about the shared workload.
  • Utilize your professors at this time! Don’t be afraid to ask them questions about assigned work or tell them about your circumstances. 

Create a Work-Only Space

  • If possible, find a space where you won’t be distracted.
  • Try and keep a similar schedule as if you were still on campus (like waking up at 9 a.m., eating breakfast, and starting your work at 10 a.m.).
  • Be consistent with your work but don’t forget to take a break.


Most importantly, regularly take time for some much-needed relaxation and focus on your mental health!

Annabelle Menla is a senior from the Bronx, New York and the first vice president of Temple University’s Progressive NAACP. Post-graduation, she plans on completing a year’s worth of work experience before enrolling in law school. 

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