Online classes won’t be going away anytime soon. 2020 has shown the education sector how important online classes can be, as a safe way of continuing to teach.
Here are our crucial points to ensure students can study efficiently through online lessons.
Getting Set up
Firstly, with any new software, you need to download it. Zoom as many people know is widely used throughout the world, one good reason for this is the ability to install it on a variety of devices.
Windows or Mac PC’s
Tablets (Android or Apple)
Mobile Devices (Android or Apple)
It is recommended to use a computer or laptop for the best learning experience. Other devices may be too small to focus on and impact how much information you retain throughout the lesson.
Next, you simply need to create an account for free and you’re ready to go.
Setting up your study space
When joining and participating in an online class, you need to find a work environment that will prevent you from getting distracted easily. This also reduces the chance that a fellow student or even the teacher will become distracted due to noises or other factors.
The recommended equipment for your study space includes:
A good microphone, preferable a noise-cancelling one
High-quality webcam when talking to the teacher, whereby you can show examples of notes or books if you have questions
Standard stationery equipment to take notes
Try a practice call
Now everything is set up and ready, it’s time to take a trial of the software to familiarise yourself with its features.
Create your own room and play around with its functions. Test your microphone and audio to ensure they are at the optimal level. A good way to test without relying just on Zoom is to invite a friend into a call and let them check.
Make sure to mute your mic. If you’re in a large class and have forgotten to mute your mic, it may cause a huge distraction for everyone and could leave you feeling embarrassed. Unfortunately, this small feature can be easily forgotten but could be very problematic.
If you have any questions, we recommend you write it down and wait until the teacher has paused for comments. This way it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the class, however, you still get the answers you need.
Reaction buttons are used often during zoom lessons and help give the teacher some feedback without requiring you speaking in front of the entire class. The main ones include:
With the help of these buttons, you can allow the class to run smoothly. For example, if you’re struggling and the teacher is progressing through the class material too fast you can easily click the ‘Go Slower’ function to indicate to the teacher you need a little extra time to ensure you have taken down all the information.