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5 Secrets to be Successful in Online Zoom Lectures

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Many colleges and universities around the United States have reopened for the new academic year, but several still operate online.

Zoom is one of the more popular platforms these days for online classes and is preferred by professors as it is more user-friendly.

As most college students know by now, lectures are sometimes tedious in person, but they can be just as boring online.

Here are 5 tips to help students focus and be successful in online Zoom lectures. 

1) Have a cup of coffee, tea, or water 

Lectures can often be a snoozefest, especially when they’re early in the morning and you don’t have to go through the motions of dressing up and traveling to a physical class.

Waking up with a refreshing cup of coffee, tea, or water can help you keep yourself awake during these lectures.

However, take care that you do not drink too much, or you may find yourself running to the bathroom during class and missing important information! 

2) Use pen and paper

Even in-person lectures require some set of writing utensils to take those important notes and ensure you don’t miss out on any information.

So why would it be any different online?

While taking notes on a laptop can be quicker, most professors on Zoom calls want to see their students’ faces, and professors can notice when students aren’t paying attention, even online. 

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3) Study in a quiet environment

Being able to focus during lectures is important, so making sure everything is quiet can make for an easier time during class.

Of course, noise and distractions are hard to completely avoid, with everyone’s home lives being different, but try to have as quiet of an environment as you can. 

4) Prepare books and readings

Most professors will assign a reading assignment for the next class so that students can discuss it, or so the professor can elaborate on it more.

Having the reading or book with you and ready for class is beneficial if the professor asks you a question regarding the book or reading, or if the professor breaks people up into groups to discuss the reading.

Having the reading by your side is great for quick references and to show the class you know your stuff. 

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5) Use a comfy chair

Lectures are long, and sitting all day can strain your back. Having a chair that is properly adjusted and comfortable will help ensure that you aren’t squirming or moving a lot during class.

It also helps reduce strain so you can focus better. While a good chair can be expensive, it helps in the long run with comfort, as well as avoiding RSI and injuries from prolonged sitting.