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Distance education has become increasingly popular with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. While online education has been an option for students in the past, 2020 has presented unique challenges for students. Time management and discipline are some of the skills all students will need to actively cultivate in order to be successful online learners.

NetMath has compiled some tips to help students manage the challenges associated with online learning.

Student studying while social distancing

Establish a Routine:

Continue through the day as if you were physically attending class. Wake up, get dressed, and have breakfast around the same time. Try to go to bed at the same time and get 7 – 8 hours of sleep. Keeping structure to your day aids in signaling your brain for when it’s time to work and rest.

Student studying on laptop

Dedicate a Study/Learning Space:

Studying at a desk or a specific location can help you focus and contain academic stress to one area. Keep areas of rest and relaxation separate from your studies to keep your home feeling like home.

Student studying on multiple devices

Avoid Multitasking:

Distractions can make us less productive. Limit your distractions as much as possible. Avoid having multiple windows open on your computer so you can focus on your class. Turn off or silence other devices during class and study times. Set up a schedule that includes chores, study time, relaxation, and exercise so that you can focus on the task at hand and complete that to-do list!

Student taking a break from studying

Take a Break:

Be sure to take a break from the screen at least once an hour for 5 minutes. Stand up, stretch, and take a breather.

Student playing volleyball

Get Moving:

It may be easy to neglect one’s physical well-being during these times. Try to keep or establish a physical routine in your day.

Students watching a movie together

Stay Connected:

Be sure to talk with family and friends. Text, FaceTime, Zoom, whatever you choose, try to maintain those connections.

Ask for Help:


Do not be afraid to reach out and ask for assistance. You are likely not the first student to ask.