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Week 1 –
Sorting and Simplifying: Identifying Cleanliness Problems
and Mess Prevention
Week 2 –
Systematic Organizing: Decluttering/Removing Unnecessary
Records and Files
Week 3 --
Standardizing: Setting Procedures for Cleanliness
Week 4 –
Sustaining: A Place for Everything and Everything in its Own
1. Set clear expectations
Ensure that you have enough time to dedicate to your course and that you can consistently attend all aspects of the program, including any live teaching sessions. Aim to dedicate the same level of commitment and attitude toward your learning and task completion as you would to a regular, in-person course.
2. Check all technical requirements
Make sure to spare enough time to focus on your course and that you can consistently attend in all components of it, including recorded teaching sessions. Aim to apply same degree of dedication and attitude toward your learning completion as you would to in a regular classroom set-up.
3. Have a stable, reliable internet      connection
A reliable internet connection is vital. You want to avoid being disconnected, especially during live teaching, such as webinars or workshops.
4. Designate a study area
Your study area should be conducive to your learning. Ensure that you have both sufficient lighting to avoid eye strain and a comfortable chair and desk to avoid any discomfort. Choose a space that is quiet and where there are few distractions and chances that you will be interrupted..
5. Get organized
Organization is key to successful online learning. Creating a study plan will help you meet deadlines and work around your existing commitments and responsibilities. Create a calendar which includes all your deadlines and important course dates. Then create a realistic weekly schedule that you can stick to. Make sure you factor in some extra time for any unexpected delays. Setting yourself time limits can help make study sessions less daunting and more manageable. Equally, to-do lists can be a great way to help you to become more efficient and stay on top of your tasks.
6. Schedule regular study break
Taking study breaks will help you concentrate on your learning. Engaging in some gentle physical activity, such as going for a walk outdoors, can help you to feel reenergized and return to your studies with more energy and focus. Try to take a break away from your study space and, if possible, avoid looking at screens during these breaks.
7. Reward yourself
Rewarding yourself with something you enjoy doing can be a good way to keep yourself motivated. Whenever you reach a set milestone or accomplish what you had planned for a particular study session, reward yourself with something positive. By training your brain to recognize that learning will lead to positive rewards, you will be more motivated to keep going and will enjoy your studying and all the successes along the way much more.
8. Participate in online discussions
Online learning doesn’t have to be—and shouldn’t be—a solitary experience. Take opportunities to engage with fellow learners during online discussions or group activities. Remember to be courteous and mindful of your tone when communicating online. Avoid using sarcasm and write in clear, full sentences to avoid misunderstandings. These engagements can help you get the most out of your course. Swapping contact information with other learners can help you develop a personal learning network that persists beyond the current course.
Hatchett, K. (2020). International Literacy Association. Eight Tips for Successful Online Learning. https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-now/2020/09/16/eight-tips-for-successful-online-learning
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