Tidbit # 26-7 Steps for Successful Online Learning

October 17, 2023

Use Heads Phones 

Consider investing in a nice (comfy) set of headphones. They are sure to improve audio quality during Zoom calls and block out distracting background noises. 

Set Timers for Classes 

Using timers and alarms can ease transitions and ensure that you’ll make it to your classes on time. 


Yes! Recess! Find a time in your daily schedule to get outside and move your body. Physical activity helps refresh your mind, boost energy levels, and prevent burnout and mental fatigue. Not to mention a change of scenery enhances creativity. Getting outside is a game changer. 

Minimize Distractions

Minimize visual and auditory distractions. Set your workspace up where you’re facing a wall or corner rather than an open room with activity. 

Remove electronic devices and any unnecessary items. Consider replacing them with fidgets or stress balls that aid in concentration. 

Advocate for Yourself

In a virtual setting, it can be challenging for teachers to be aware of everything that goes on when you’re off-screen. If you have specific needs that aren’t being met, it’s crucial to let your teachers know. They rely on your feedback to understand how they can best support you.

If you’re struggling, feeling confused, or frustrated, don’t hesitate to speak up. Your teachers are there to help you, but they may not be aware of your challenges unless you communicate them. By sharing your concerns, you not only help yourself but also potentially assist others who may be experiencing similar difficulties.

Utilize a Brain Dump Sheet 

Brain dump sheets are a perfect way to capture and offload your thoughts throughout the day, ensuring that nothing important slips through the cracks. It’s also useful for those of us who seem to start 6 or 7 different tasks at once and never seem to finish half of them. Then, by reviewing and organizing the notes at the end of the day, you can create a structured plan for tackling your tasks and ideas.

Here’s how it works: 

  • 1. Keep a dedicated brain dump sheet or notepad beside you throughout the day. This can be a physical sheet of paper or a digital document on your device.
  • 2. Whenever something pops into your head, whether it’s a cool idea, a reminder, a question, or a chore, quickly jot it down on your brain dump sheet. Don’t spend too much time thinking about it or organizing it at this stage. The goal is to capture the thought and move on.
  • 3. Throughout the day, continue adding to your brain dump sheet whenever new thoughts or ideas arise. This helps prevent them from getting lost or forgotten.
  • 4. At the end of the day, set aside some time to review your brain dump sheet. Read through each item and consider its importance or urgency.
  • 5. Take the notes from your brain dump sheet and transfer them to your calendar, to-do list, or any other organizational system you use. This can be done by assigning specific dates, times, or priorities to each item.
  • 6. Once you have transferred all the notes, you can discard or archive your brain dump sheet, as its purpose has been fulfilled.

Celebrate Achievements Along The Way

When you recognize and celebrate your progress, it keeps you motivated to keep going and working towards your goals. It also helps build your self-confidence. By acknowledging and celebrating your successes, you start to believe in yourself and your abilities. This confidence can spill over into other areas of your life and help you grow as a person. It’s important to reflect on your journey and see how far you’ve come. You can always learn from your experiences, identify areas for improvement, and set new goals for continued growth.

Utilizing these seven successful online learning strategies will ensure you are well on your way to a successful learning experience.

Written by: Hannah Hill Park, M. Ed

Masters of Education, Pfeiffer University

Associate Director of Innovation

K-12 AIG, K-6 Elementary Education Teaching Licensure

Scholars Academy for the Gifted & Artistically Elite

Adjunct Professor of Education, Pfeiffer University

Board Member of The NC Association for the Gifted & Talented

Podcast Host of NCAGT Talent Talk

Mom of 1 Future SA Scholar