Online classes can be stressful and hard to manage at times. It can be easier to fall behind. Here are some of my best tips on how to stay on track and get good grades even if your class is online.
#1- Definitely make sure to check Blackboard Learn and your emails DAILY, if not twice a day. I have the Microsoft Office app on my phone, so even if I am not on my computer, I can get notifications for emails. However, some professors message on Blackboard more than email, so it's important to actively check Blackboard as well!
#2- Stay on top of due dates, this is already important for in-person classes, but it's easier to forget the online ones since you're not being told in class that an assignment is coming up. Put all of your class due dates, online classes included, in one place like a planner/calendar. I also found it useful to print out each syllabus and highlight due dates and then put those in my planner since many professors expect you to know, rather than telling you when things are due!
#3- Set aside time to study! It is very easy to get distracted and binge watch Netflix, etc.
#4- Start assignments and projects right away, rather than falling behind because of the workload, or forgetting about them.
#5- Still use the professor's office hours to your advantage. Even if you can't see them in person in their office, emailing them or talking over video is very helpful!
#6- Take a study break! It is important to step away from the computer for a little bit, even if it's just to grab some food. Don't let the time slip away though! I usually take a break for about 15 minutes.
#7- Get snacks and drinks before class or studying rather than taking out time in the middle of what you are doing. I know if I step away once I tend to keep getting up for more snacks, a drink, etc. Try your best to stay disciplined!