Tips for Virtual Learning
Virtual learning environments may require small adjustments. We are here to help! Consider a few of these tips for academic success when taking courses in person or through various virtual learning formats.
Preparing for Virtual Exams
Tests and exams often make up a significant chunk of your course grades, so having solid test-taking strategies is essential for academic success.
Know Your Schedule
- Keep track of when you have test and exams coming up so you can prepare ahead of time.
- Make study plans for how you will prepare for each exam.
Know Your Details
- Gather information about the test, such as what content will be tested, what question formats it will have, how many points it is worth, and what the time limit will be.
- Find out as much as you can. The more you know, the better you can prepare.
- Study in the morning or afternoon hours when your mind is more alert.
- Get a good night’s rest and a healthy meal before your test, so that your brain is performing at its best.
Utilize Effective Study Techniques
Even when you have a lot of material to master, there are proven techniques to help you learn, retain, and recall what you have studied.
- Practice paced reading to improve your reading rate.
- Use SQ4R and active reading study strategies to improve retention.
- As you read or watch video lectures, use the note-taking style that best fits both you and the material.
- Use mnemonic devices and other techniques to improve memory.
- Connect with other classmates to create or join virtual study groups
Quiz each other, drill with flash cards, and share notes and other study resources.
Stay Focused and Organized
Whether your education is taking place in-person or online, finding a space, time, and method that allows you to work without distractions is crucial to your academic success.
Set a Space
- Find a quiet space that you can designate as your work space. Arrange the space that will help you get focused work done.
- When you’re in your work space, shut the door and shut out distractions with the help of a white noise machine or some to instrumental music.
Set a Standard
- Agree on scheduled work time with those around you and stick to them. Ask others to respect these “do not disturb” times, and be sure to respect theirs.
- Above all else, turn your phone off or leave it in another room!
Set a Goal
- Set a goal for each study session, such as “read two chapters”, and do not leave until you finish the goal.
- Once you complete each goal, reward yourself by taking a break before getting back to it.
If you have any further questions about academic success for in-person or virtual learning environments, do not hesitate to ask! We would love to hear from you. You can schedule an appointment with a faculty mentor and find more success tips on our website at www.liberty.edu/success/. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”– Isaiah 41:10