[Tristan] Learning Online: Tips & Tricks 03/27/2020


I’ve noticed that during this time of stress and anxiety, online learning has turned into more of a hassle than a healthier alternative in a lot of our minds… Don’t let these negative thoughts get in the way of getting the work done! Because of this, I wanted to make a little list of tips and tricks that I use to help get us through the rest of the semester!

  • Writing down Due Dates and Zoom Meetings

Writing down any and all of your upcoming due dates and Zoom meetings is a great practice for, not only for visualizing benefits, but also for committing it to memory.  Another way is to get a calendar app, if your phone doesn’t have one, and inputting all the dates in there for reminders. (I bet you’ve heard this once or twice before, I know I have)

  • Changing up your Note-Taking Style

As we’re changing up the style of how we’re learning and being taught, changing the style or format of your notes for the class could make a fresh, bright change in how you’re absorbing that knowledge. (I also like making little art drawings based on the content I’m working on. For my philosophy class, I make symbols based on the stories we hear from the professor and leave them in the margin)

  • Studying with Non-Verbal Music

Because most of us are in our own quarters now, naturally we would want to play our favorite music and artists, however music with words, especially songs we sing along with, can distract us and take our attention away from the work we’re doing. (I listen to orchestral versions of my favorite video game songs, but I throw in one song with words every so often to give myself a study break. This soundtrack  gets me through long study sessions where I can’t have a break https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlkIUmn5USg&t=4105s)

  • Understanding the Best Way You Learn

At the end of the day, we all learn and absorb information differently. Some of us can look at a book and highlight things all day and be good for a test, while others need to be in a physical state of learning, like with a class or a professor. (I’m a physical learner so this online stuff is a bit tough to digest, hence why I made this list)

  • Staying Positive

It’s easy to feel like you’re drowning or falling behind, but you’re not alone. The fact that we have the ability to learn through such a difficult time is a blessing most don’t get the chance to experience! Only 34% of Americans have a college degree, while only 6.7% of the world has a college degree! Keep your head high, and finish strong!

[Tristan] My First Post! 03/23/2020

Hello Everybody!

As the title says, this is my first blog post on our newly remade blog! I’m coming in at a weird time, as Covid-19, or the Corona Virus, is taking the world by storm… Because of this, all of our classes have been moved online till the end of the semester, which is a blessing and a curse in my opinion. On top of that, the state just issued a “Stay-At-Home Advisory” from the 24th till the 7th. So much is going on and it’s a little hard to keep on top of all of it, but that’s why positive thinking and actions are key to keeping afloat. I see a lot of my friends and peers still going out as a means to have fun, but at the end of the day, it just brings more possibilities for ruin. Hopefully I can make more posts that don’t involve Covid-19 or such worries.

Thanks for reading,

Tristan, CWGS Staff