Writer: Prashan J.
Editor: Trang D.
Studying offline can be somewhat challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic time since most classes, lectures, and educational programs, in general, have shifted to online. However, this article will tell you a few useful tips to help you enhance your offline learning experience by various means.
One of the most effective ways to improve your study experience is to create a good study group. Oftentimes, the best learning happens through discussion and peer review sessions. Making friends with like-minded students who are hardworking and ambitious will definitely make your self-studying and online studying far more productive. During the pandemic, the chances to socialize and the ability to discuss different topics with peers or professors are very much limited. However, that should not stop you from trying to make friends and forming study groups. Just make sure to stay safe and healthy.
Many educational events in the university have been switched to online due to the pandemic situation. However, there are still some certain events that are held face-to-face. It is possible for these events to go unnoticed for many students as we are all very much used to doing everything online at this point. For example, the Campus Globalization team holds a few language exchange programs every semester but not many students are informed of this. Make sure to check your email or POTI often, so that you won’t miss opportunities to join such great offline events.
In addition, it does help a lot to plan things ahead when you have a busy study schedule. Having a good logical and detailed schedule including all of your to-do tasks on paper or digital calendars is one of the best ways to stay organized and meet any kind of deadlines. Calendar applications such as Google Calendar can be very convenient as you can synchronize your schedule across all your devices. And setting goals is really important when studying. Make sure to set study goals within a certain time period. Try setting several types of goals from daily, weekly to monthly and see what works best for you!
Lastly, the most important advice for studying offline is to have fun! It’s all about experimenting with what suits you the most. To be more specific, experiment with different topics or subjects to find what you take the most interest in. Experiment with various study methods to see what fits you the best. Some of us like writing. Some of us prefer using flashcards. And many more. Your studying time will definitely become more productive once you find out what works best for you and which studying method you enjoy the most.
In conclusion, while the pandemic situation may have affected our ability to study offline the way we used to, there are ways we can still study offline effectively. Making friends whom you can study with, attending educational/ networking events, creating a logical schedule, setting specific and practical goals, and finding ways to enjoy studying can indeed improve one’s offline study experience.