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How to not get distracted in online classes

Simple steps to make the most out of your study time

Written by Liv Grady

January 13, 2021

Online classes books and ipad set up

We have all had to make adjustments during the pandemic, but one of the biggest ones is University students and secondary students swapping their normal lessons for online classes. Whilst the idea of sitting in your pjs, with This Morning on the TV in the background sounds IDYLLIC, the reality is very different.

If you find yourself distracted in your online classes, here’s some easy tips to keep your focus going from start to finish. Stop scrolling and start learning.

Easy ways to keep focus in online classes

  1. Avoid scrolling social media
  2. Create a dedicated study space
  3. Write lists
  4. Take handwritten notes
  5. Stay hydrated
  6. Keep snacks to hand
  7. Get dressed

It was hard enough to keep your focus when you were sat in a lecture hall or classroom, now that you can’t be seen in class, the temptation for distraction is REAL. Take a look at our easy ways to stay on top of your work.

1. Avoid Scrolling social media

Keep your scrolling time for after class. It may seem tempting to check on your ex boyfriend’s latest insta story or constantly refresh news on Twitter, but social media is wayyyy more distracting than we realise. Put your phone in a drawer during the lecture and take it out for a browse during your break.

2. Create a dedicated study space

Not everyone has the luxury of a home office or a big spacious desk, but ensure that you find one spot in your home that is comfortable to work. Whether you convert your dressing table to a study spot or you simply sit on a comfortable armchair with a side table for brews and snacks, creating this dedicated area will help you switch to focus mode more easily.

3. Write lists

Creating lists can help you feel way more on top of things and help you clear your mind. Whether you are writing a to-do list of the work you have to complete, or just your life admin, taking these thoughts out of your head and putting them down on to paper will stop you stressing about everything you need to do later and actually allow you to focus on your online classes.

4. Take handwritten notes

Although typing a lecture straight up onto your laptop or tablet may seem like the quickest way to get sh*t done, try taking down your notes on paper and writing them up. This will give you the chance to re-digest when you eventually transfer them to a digital format.

5. Stay hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated will prevent headaches and improve your focus. It will allow to concentrate for longer in online classes, especially when you are staring at a screen for hours on end.

6. Keep snacks to hand

If you are hungry or thinking about your next meal, you won’t be dedicated to listening to your lecturer or teacher. Keep some snacks to hand, whether you wanna be healthy and graze on some grapes, or you wanna keep a pack of Oreos in your desk drawer, we aren’t judging.

7. Get dressed

Actually getting dressed can work wonders for your positivity. We aren’t telling you to get suited and booted in full office attire, but just switching from your PJs to a pair of comfy joggers and t-shirt is the easiest way flip yourself out of chill mode.

What to wear for online classes

Need some more tips on staying productive in lockdown? Click here.