Digital Learning: 7 Ways to keep oneself Productive and Focused

Across the globe, a ‘new normal’ emerged overnight. The need to connect virtually surged and we discovered alternate and even more novel ways of doing things. The world of education probably adapted to this ‘new normal’ the fastest with teachers using varied methods to deliver curriculum to keep every learner curious and keen to learn more. While the teachers adapted, so have the learners.
Here are 7 effective methods of digital learning:

1. Effective digital learners maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Learners must continue to maintain a routine, even though you are at home. A routine ensures that you have structure, know what you need to do regularly and therefore establishes a sense of control over the environment. They maintain healthy sleeping and eating habits. And of course, drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. Exercise and physical activity are part of their daily plan. Learners must also respect that being healthy includes a strong social connect, hence, you must find time in your routine to interact, albeit virtually, with family and friends.

Indeed, being human, the need to switch up the routine will come up. And variety is important. But, ensure to have all the necessary components included in the variations of a routine.

2. Effective digital learners have a plan to achieve their goals.

Short term and long term goals are set by digital learners in order to know their next step of action towards their education. Knowledge of goals enables them to feel in charge of their learning allowing for intrinsic motivation. You must have your eye on the end result in order to keep going.

To keep oneself on task, the Pomodoro technique can be used. Another app that encourages focus is Forest. Most importantly utilise the Google Calendar which must be used to keep track of your submission timelines.

3. Effective digital learners are aware about their emotional bandwidth.

Being at home constantly could deplete a person’s emotional resources and it then requires replenishment. The learner at home must introspect from time to time to understand their emotional wellbeing so as to not experience fatigue and stress. Understanding when to take a break or just some time off, so that you can engage in self care activities is very important. Digital learners who wish to be give their best must engage in daily practices of mindfulness and meditation.

4. Effective digital learners claim a study space.

The human mind is conditioned to associate things with one another. It associates the bed with rest and relaxation and the classroom with focus and academics. The current situation of studying from home renders it necessary to claim a study space. This space must be for studying only and with minimal distraction. Organisation of that study space as well as your mental space is also very important. Keep notes organised digitally using OneNote or Evernote. Google by itself provides for so many organization tools.

5. Effective digital learners do not shy away from asking for help.

There is only this much that a teacher can provide over a virtual class. It is imperative that learners reach out to the faculty or other experts when they hit a roadblock or even a small bump. They do not see asking for help as a sign of weakness.

6. Effective digital learners find inspiration and go beyond the basics.

Digital studying can be challenging and it is surely difficult to stay on task. Learners must engage in finding inspiration beyond the school system. Look out for people and stories that inspire motivation and hard work. Finding role models to that effect and understanding their methods of success can provide learners with strategies that resonate with them.

Digital learner must also develop a keen interest in knowledge beyond what is shared by teachers. If you want your submission/ assignments to stand out and be graded well, going an extra mile to research further is of utmost importance.

7. Effective digital learners believe in collaboration with peers.

Intrinsic motivation is a must for digital learners, however, a little nudge and support from a peer does go a long way. Acknowledging that one’s focus may vary while engaging in digital learning will allow for the adaptation of new creative methods. Collaboration study timewith a small group of classmates could be a great addition to your study routine. Study buddies provide a friendly supervisor along with a good support system to bounce off ideas, thoughts and frustrations. Your online study partner can overlook your schedules, timelines and assessment preps. Similarly, you would be doing the same for them. This will ensure a social connect while developing communication skills.

The concept of digital learning has existed since many years as a fairly popular option. It does seem now that digital learning won’t be an option, but a necessity. Of course, the deserted classrooms and playgrounds will soon be lively again with the cheer and laughter of students; online classrooms will also be a reality. Adopting effective digital learning habits is a necessary change for success. As the famous quote goes, “We first make our habits, then our habits make us”

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Benaaz Irani

Benaaz Irani

(Senior School Counselor)
at Aditya Birla World Academy

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