After first encountering with Trello, I realized that a tool could help me so profoundly about how to regulate my work. I believe that the majority of people do not plan a lot about our life. And that also came up with the problem called procrastination. It means that people will not do their work until the very last minute of the deadline. It is also true for me since I used to finish my homework in the last minutes by the deadline, although I know that this is not a good habit but I just could not or would not change. I even forgot my homework once and got zero for that homework. It is really embarrassing for me since I am always proud of my grades and could not accept the reason for me to get a low grade is because I do not plan my tasks well. But then I first met with Trello, which is an organizing tool that helps you to view your progress toward finishing tasks and allocate time accordingly. After I wrote down every task that I need to finish, I have a more clear picture of how I am gonna approach to each task.
Self-studying is a key element if you want to succeed in online courses. Although group working could provide students with a variety of thoughts and more interests while studying, people tend to be distracted while they were having a group studying. I have to admit that group learning could have a better memory toward knowledge since once you explain certain materials to other people, this knowledge is being transformed into your own words and you mastered it. But while someone asks you questions when you were focusing on your material, it is also easy for you to lose your ideas.
For online courses, people do not usually meet physically and self-studying becomes really important. Personally, I prefer to study alone since no one will distract me. And some people would ask what if I had questions while studying? The answer to that question is simple. While I have difficulty understanding some materials, I will write it down immediately and while finish all the materials almost 90% of the problems could be solved. I believe that majority of students will have questions while they are studying instead of rushing to professor’s office to ask for answers, I suggest finish all the materials and then look back what you were confused before. And another tip is to ask your professor for help, not your classmates. Because your teacher will know the materials better than your classmates and when you have questions the best solution is to ask your teacher for help.
Select the right place and time for better results. I prefer to study at home or in the library because they are usually very quiet. But I know that some of my friends really enjoying studying outdoor. So, everyone has their own studying style and just choose the one that will make you feel most comfortable. But the tips here are not staying where is too comfortable. Sometimes I will fell asleep while looking at some tedious paper on the bed. Since my bed is so soft and lying on it always make me feel sleepy. So, choosing somewhere that is not too hard or too comfortable for you. Also, studying time is important. Some people like studying in the morning and some people prefer studying at night. Either is fine just choose whenever time you felt most energetic and have most efficiency.
Three take away
The first one is carefully planning your tasks. As a university student, I believe that the majority of people are having a lot of work they need to finish each day. And planning your tasks according seems really important. As I mentioned in the previous post about encountering a useful work management tool called Trello. It could help you to visualize how many tasks you need to finish and how your progress within each task. Although there are many different task arrangement tools, even a simple sticker could help you to better arrange your task. And different people have different needs. But no matter which tools you use, planning your tasks before you starting it is really important.
The second one is about time management. Once you figured out how you many tasks you need to finish and how your goanna processes it, the next step is to allocate your time and resources accordingly. People are constantly seeking for pleasure and avoid working or studying. These are human nature, so without proper regulation or reminder, we tend to be procrastinated. But how could we allocate our time properly? Personally, I would do those tasks that take less effort and less time-consuming. After I finish those trivial things I could focus on those bigger and more complex programs. Because tiny works usually take fewer effort and would not need you to continue thinking about the construction and plot flow. But the complex program usually requires deeper thinking and a well-designed plan. So instead of rushing to finish the biggest challenge at the very beginning, I would rather save more time for thinking and constructing about how I am going to approach this task. This is really beneficial in academic studying. Once I finished some little discussion, I would cross it out at my calendar, it not only provides me with a sense of achievement but made me also less nervous about what its deadline and I can pay more attention to the long paper.
The last one is about long-distance group learning. Although during this class we are not assigned into groups and do some works, I actually felt the advantage of having somebody to look your point of view and provide feedback. Every week we have a discussion about certain topics, and we should also reply to others’ answers. At first, I was not familiar with this kind of discussion form since I used to just post my replying toward the professor’s question and did not look at other students’ posts. But after several weeks, I found that whether others’ replying for me or my suggestion for them is helpful for both of us. I could get more profound and diverse thoughts about my answers and also I get to see what other people’s attitudes toward the same case. It is really helpful for us to learn from each other.
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