Online classes have made education more accessible than ever before. They are also very convenient, allowing you to complete a course from the comfort of your home and on a schedule that works for you. While there are numerous advantages to taking an online class, it can be easy to become distracted throughout your studies.  At our Broward County Community Schools, we’ve put a few tips together to help you prevent distractions to get the most out of your online class.

1. Create The Ideal Workspace

Identify a space in your home or somewhere nearby where you can sit comfortably with plenty of space to work. Make sure it is clear of clutter and has everything you need to be productive, from your computer charger to a space to take notes. Also, recent studies have shown that natural light boosts productivity, so if you can, position your workspace near a window.

2. Put Your Phone Away

We admit it – we’re all addicted to our phones. Though having your phone nearby when you’re trying to study can be a big distraction. If you can, try and schedule phone free study time and either turn your phone off or put it in a different room.

3. Take Notes

Taking handwritten notes during your online class can help with concentration. Physically taking notes can help you engage with the material and boost your comprehension.

4. Stick to a Routine

Sticking to a routine is very beneficial when you take an online course. Set aside time each day to devote to your class and build your daily schedule around that. A routine will help you prioritize your class and limit any distractions that may pop up.

5. Schedule Mini Breaks

Taking small breaks can be helpful when you’re studying. Go for a short walk, grab a coffee, or chat with a friend. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to sit down and concentrate again