This is an era when learners have a plethora of resources on the internet to study from. Search for a concept on the internet and you will get hundreds of articles and videos explaining it. Gone are the days when students needed to depend entirely on their books and teachers to grasp a concept holistically.

However, this revolution towards digital education, especially after the pandemic, has led to the rise of new kind of challenges for the students. In the presence of hoards and tons of knowledge, students are being mislead and misguided in a large number.

It is very important then, to know how to use online educational resources very selectively and effectively. This article explains briefly, as a guide, the best way to use online educational content.

The Challenges of Online Educational Resources

  • The biggest challenge faced by students is of distraction and procrastination. Since both the study material and social media are now accessed through devices like mobile phones and laptops, the elements of distraction and discipline override each other. Distractions have increased due to the rise of social media, and now since the student needs to access his study material from the same device, getting distracted has become a lot easier. Many students complain that even if they sit to study with full dedication, it becomes really difficult to constantly avoid the distracting elements on their devices.
  • With plethora of resources available, students very frequently get confused. They end up purchasing multiple courses, watching multiple videos, and the output remains negligible due to lack of consolidation of study material.
  • Misguidance prevails. There are a lot of strategy resources and videos available which may misguide students with wrong information and knowledge. Apart from that, due to multiple resources, students generally are unable to form a single tracked strategy for themselves.

Things to Keep in Mind while Using Online Educational Resources

  1. Mind the distractions

Turn off your social media notifications, or the app data. If possible and available, use your laptop instead of phone to reduce the chances of scrolling Instagram instead of studying.

  • 2. Follow a limited number of resources

You may encounter your friends who suggest different resources for the same concept. Don’t get mingled in that.

It is suggested that you find some useful and trustworthy websites and YouTube channels right at the starting of your session and follow them throughout your academic year.  Don’t waste your study time in searching for study material. 

Also, it is advised that you make notes out of whatever you study for convenience. Do not rely on screenshot.

  • 3. Take breaks

One of the biggest demerits of studying online is that it is more stressful than offline mode, especially for eyes and back. Therefore, it is not possible to study continuously in online mode. It can seriously affect your health if not rendered with proper measures.

It is advised that you take frequent breaks from the screen and give rest to your neck and shoulders.

Interaction among students and the relation of trust between a student and a teacher are the major missing elements of online education. Make sure that you interact with other students and your teachers frequently.

All the best!

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