online courses tips

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Women Making History: Dorothy West (June 2, 1907 - August 16, 1998) 

Bought one of the most coolest sticker book! 

Tips for Online Classes

I have been taking online classes every year for the last 5 years, at both the high school and university level, so I thought I would make a post with some quick tips for succeeding in online classes! 

  • Make sure you know what time things are due. Obviously, knowing the date is important too, but when you are using an online dropbox, knowing the time it’s due is crucial. The link will disappear on you. I once almost failed an online class because I thought my assignment was due at 9PM, but it was actually due at 9AM! 
  • Email the prof with your questions. It’s a lot harder to a prof to know you or like you with an online class. You can’t get their attention by just showing up, because they can’t see you! This is what saved my ass in the above story… I had contacted the prof many times throughout the semester, so he accepted my assignment late anyways. 
  • Schedule a time to complete each module. There is no specific lecture time, obviously, which is nice but also makes it easier to fall behind. I recommend choosing one day a week that you use to complete the week’s activities, and can then forget about it for the week. 
  • Participate in small activities, even if they are only worth 1-2%. If something is easy marks, you should always do it, especially in online classes where sometimes participating in a discussion can take 3 minutes and get you a 1% mark. 
  • Remember what the prof can see. For example, don’t get heated on a discussion board that is moderated by the prof. Remember that the prof can see what you have completed on your checklist (what links you have clicked on) and how much time you spent online. In high school, I knew a girl who lost 10% of her mark because her teacher found out she was completing weeks of material in one sitting. 
  • Start by signing up for one online course to try it out. I really like online classes and try to take one each semester. It definitely has it’s benefits, but some people hate it. Don’t decide to do an entire semester or half your classes online if you’ve never taken an online course before. See how you like it first!
  • In the same vein, for your first online course, take something you are comfortable with. If you struggle with math, maybe don’t go with math for an online course. You are already dealing with a new learning environment and an unfamiliar interface, so piling “extremely confusing content” on top of that is probably going to be a bit much.  
  • Still buy the textbook and do the readings. Just because it is online, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do readings! Also, because you can’t ask questions in real time, the textbook is a great resource if you don’t understand lectures. 
  • Know who/how to ask for help. I mentioned above that the textbook is a great resource, but you may need more than that. Figure out who your specific content is for questions, if there is a discussion board for questions, if there are secondary texts, and/or if there are any linked websites the prof said would be helpful! 

Hope this helps! Feel free to reblog and add your own. :)

How to Motivate Yourself with Online Classes
  • Figure out if your lack of motivation could be due to other factors, such as mental health or lack of sleep. Try your best to take care of these other factors and find a balance that works for you. It can be tough since sometimes we aren’t in a situation where we can solve whatever else is going on, but do your best! At the very least, you could try emailing your professors and talk to them about what’s going on, most of them will be quite understanding since they just want to help you succeed!
    • Not everyone’s lack of motivation is due to some other factors though, so it’s totally ok if you can’t figure it out
  • Write a list of why you want to succeed in each of your classes. Think of at least two reasons that you want to do well in each of your classes
  • Set some goals for how you want to spend the rest of this school year. At least make one of your goals school-related, but I also encourage you to make at least one goal about something other than school. Limit yourself to 3-5 goals since I find that any more than that just feels overwhelming instead of encouraging. Write these goals down and look at them every day
  • Make a promise to yourself that you’ll try your best to focus and do the work needed for each class. Write it down on a sticky note and put it on your mirror or some place that you’ll see every day
  • Set a daily routine for yourself. It doesn’t have to be super strict if that doesn’t work well for you, but it can help get things started. Give yourself a nice morning and night routine, then just do more general blocks of time for the rest of the day (like meals, schoolwork, and relaxing)
  • Treat your school time as if you were going to actual school, so get dressed (or at least just change your shirt and brush your hair, which is what I usually do), sit down at your desk or table, put your phone away, and try to fully focus
  • Make a list of things that have worked for you in the past in terms of studying. Try to implement more of these into your studying now since you know they can work for you (for example, I work well with flashcards and mnemonics!)
  • Try to set up virtual study sessions with some friends so it can feel like you’re studying together. If this isn’t an option, try watching a ‘study with me’ video on YouTube
  • Use the 5-second rule where if you think of something you need to do (and aren’t in the middle of another important task), you’ll count down from five and when you reach zero you start the task. I find this helps a lot when I realize I’ve been scrolling through Instagram for the past 20 minutes instead of doing homework
  • Set your own structure if you need it to work effectively. If you need things to be planned out down to the minute, write out a specific schedule for yourself. If too much structure has the opposite effect on you and just stresses you out, then you don’t need to do this part. Gauge how much structure you need. You can even experiment and try out different levels of structure that you give yourself and see which one seems to work best for you

What are some things that you’ve found to be helpful in staying on top of things?

I recently found out that HARVARD has free online classes! I enrolled in a couple of courses a month ago but haven’t had the time to start on them. Now that classes are over, I can work on them until the next semester. Anybody who knows me, I love history, especially ancient Egyptian history. I have watched countless documentaries and even taken an elective on ancient Egyptian civilization. This course highlights the history and methods of western archeological exploration of Ancient Egypt, specifically Giza. The course also includes topics on the cultural, political, and religious aspects of Ancient Egyptian societies. One of the reasons I love Ancient Egyptian history is that of the profoundly sophisticated design in architecture. It is fascinating that the Egyptians figured out the design layout of the pyramids and the meaningful symbolism in their society.

Interesting things about Ancient Egyptian history from what I learned:

1. Giza’s three pyramids are perfectly arranged to match the three stars of the Orion belt. Imagine the calculated precision to achieve this.

2. Each stone weighs about 2.5+ tons each! Without cranes nor advanced technology, how did the Egyptians lay one stone at a time with precise dimensions inside and out? Don’t forget about the intricate design of passages, shafts, and chambers within the pyramid structure. It makes you wonder.

3. The curses… “Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the king.” That scripture was written on Tutankhamun’s tomb, which was ignored by an Egyptologist who died 4 months after the tomb’s opening. Are the curses real? Or was it a coincidence?

Thank you for all the free online courses that many universities are offering during this time! I am super excited!

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HarvardX Free Course: PredictionX Omens, Oracles, & Prophecies 

Diviners were experts who accessed the hidden realms that held information about the future, accurately read the signs and acted as intermediaries between the visible and invisible worlds.

Diviners used a variety of tools and practices to predict the future. Roman priests read portentous omens in random natural acts like the appearance of comets or the flight of birds. Ifa and Christian diviners provoked messages through randomized processes like the casting of lots. A special few, like the Oracle of Delphi, were thought to have special abilities that allowed them to directly perceive the future. And astronomer-priests on every continent used non-random occurrences, like the motion of the planets, to divine future events. Today we draw boundaries between the domains of religion, philosophy, and science, but for thousands of years no such distinctions existed. Many so-called priests were also astronomers and astrologers, philosophers and mathematicians, advisors and diviners.

Once a year in ancient Egypt, the statue of Amun-Ra, the sun god, was carried out of its temple on a bark or palanquin and answer the questions of a lucky few. Prediction systems were embedded within cultural traditions that included public events and brought people together as a community at specific dates and times. Religious icons established social hierarchies and relations, and interactions with a common story allowed people to understand themselves in relation to something larger and older than any individual.

Every culture, no matter how distinct, seems to create and develop different ways to predict the future. Though the predictive systems are as unique and varied as the cultures themselves, certain features transcend the differences. Conceptions of the future, interpretation of hidden realms, and prediction as cultural tradition appear in civilizations divided by oceans, mountain ranges, and millennia.

(I do not claim this information, I pulled it out from my HarvardX class lecture. I thought it was interesting)

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Concentrating in Online Classes ✨

As someone who is restless and always has to be doing something with their hands, the past 6 months have been difficult to say the least. Every time there’s a long lecture type class, my hands tend to drift to my phone or find things to watch on YouTube. Unfortunately because of this, I often miss important information. Here’s some things I find help me to concentrate in classes!:

  1. Take notes! Yes this is boring, and you should probably be doing it anyway, but it really helps to focus your hands on a task while also reinforcing material. For more pizazz, add drawings/diagrams, change up your note taking style. There are tons of posts on Tumblr that can help out with that.
  2. Eat! Make a drink or a snack before class, and trust me, this helps to get your restless energy out into eating. Sometimes I do this simultaneously while taking notes. Preferably, pick something healthy.
  3. Do a coloring page! Again, this channels that restless energy into your hands, and because it’s a relatively mindless task, you can still focus and listen to the class. If you don’t need to take extensive notes, this could be a good option. Print individual sheets online or buy a coloring book.
  4. Sew, knit, crochet, embroider, needle felting! This is the same idea as doing a coloring page. Your hands are busy while your mind is free to focus on the class. Already, these are pretty good general life skills in general and helps develop fine motor skills.
  5. Draw! Doodle, draw, improve drawing skills! Maybe even draw beside your notes if possible. Little diagrams are really helpful in remembering the information because you’ll remember that you drew it. Some doodle ideas: zen doodling (search it up), pick a theme like cacti or burgers and fill a page with those (the more specific the better), fill a page with dots (search Hiroyuki Doi circles as inspiration).
  6. Shave soap! This is a weird one, but it’s very ASMR and relaxing. When you’re finished, there are so many things you can do with soap shavings like placing them a pouch and essential oil to create a nice scent sachet or deter pests in the garden. They can also be used for laundry, soap scrub, or reheated into new soap!

You’ve probably heard that what’s on the inside is more important than the outside, but when it comes to houses, first impressions matter! Steal this classic Palm Springs trick of painting the front door a solid, bold colour to instantly lift an otherwise plain facade. Photo: Matt Crump

With Christmas just around the corner now, it’s interesting to see the unique twists that designers put on the traditional decor favourites. This month we will be featuring some festive design ideas, starting with this beautiful all-gold tree! The most perfectly glam accent to any minimal interior. Pic: hayneedle.com

Moving on from blushed hues, wine-inspired tones are the next big trend in the pink/red family. These colours all incorporate a dash of purple (the colour of the year) to add a touch of sophistication. Your inspiration can be anything from a peachy pink Rosé to a deep ruby Merlot.