Online School Hacks

BY: Carrie Henning

October 19, 2020

3 min read



Are you new to online school? Maybe because of Covid-19, you had to suddenly transition yourself or your family into online learning (emphasis on transition). It’s an adjustment if you aren’t accustomed to it! You have to give yourself time to find your groove and learn the ins and outs of online education. Or, maybe you’ve been online learning for a while, and just need some refreshers on how to properly study and learn in this format. Either way, we’re here for you!


I took some time to research and even ask our LUOA students what tips and tricks they have for online learning. Here are some of the top hacks of online school you can learn from:


Set a schedule for yourself

With LUOA, it’s flexible, which is wonderful! However, sometimes we need a little structure. Since it is flexible with us, create a schedule that works for you and try to follow it. This sets goals for yourself and allows you to have a system in place. For example, set aside a time of the day for each subject. Great news – if it doesn’t work for you, you can adjust!


Take advantage of the help you have available

LUOA support is incredible. You have so many people rallying around you as you complete your schoolwork. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Email or call your advisor, email your teacher or professor, or call the subject specialist. It’s so much better to take advantage of the support instead of staying in confusion.


Keep a running list you can check off

I love to-do lists! Write a list of your goals for the day or week (you can include home chores and other responsibilities, too) and check them off as you complete them! It’s such a great feeling to be organized, but also to be able to see the progress you are making throughout the day and week.


Work ahead if you can

Again, a strength of flexibility at LUOA. If you’re able to, work ahead! This allows you to have even more flexibility in your time since you aren’t rushing through projects or lessons.


Have a separate workspace

When I started working from home, I would work from my bed. I quickly learned what a terrible idea this was for me. Get a desk or set aside a place to do school work. This will help you disconnect when you take breaks and will separate your work from your relaxation.


Take mental breaks

Don’t overdo it! Close your laptop, walk away from your desk, and take some time for you! Giving yourself breaks will actually increase your productivity when you get back to work. Don’t view it as slacking! You’re doing your brain a favor.


Listen to music that helps you focus

I love playing instrumental music while I work. Find playlists that motivate you! Did you know LUOA has some made for you? Head to our Spotify to listen along with us.  You can find us on Spotify here or by searching Liberty Online Academy.


Create incentives for yourself

Having a “prize” at the end of a hard week can be such a motivation! Reward yourself so you have something to look forward to!


Wake up at a decent time to work

I know it’s so easy to sleep in since we don’t have set login times! But there’s something great about waking up at a good time to do school! We don’t mean you have to wake up at 6 am every day, but get up before 10 am and start your day!


Write down your notes

Being online, sometimes we need something that brings it to life. I found that when I do my online classes for my master’s degree, I love to write down my notes physically. While I might not need to because it’s online, it helps me to retain information and understand it more!

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Carrie Henning

Carrie works at LUOA as the Coordinator of Social Communications. She graduated from Liberty University with her bachelor’s in elementary education and is working on her master’s in communications. She grew up in Tampa, FL, and loves reading, writing, and drinking (overpriced) coffee.

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