Online learning can be a great tool for some, while for others like myself, it can prove to be detrimental to their learning. One of the main reasons I chose to attend IU Bloomington was because it was far away from my family and distractions. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family. However, I live in a very loud household where grandkids and visitors are a daily thing, making it very easy for me to get distracted from my studies.
Having to move back home because of COVID-19 while still maintaining a full course load of online classes has challenged me to improve my attention span. I no longer have the option of sitting in the front row during lectures to avoid distractions. I also can’t leave my house and go to a quiet coffee shop to study due to the stay-at-home orders. I have found myself picking up my coursework randomly throughout the day when people in my house are distracted by TV, sleep or work. As someone who also loves routine, it has challenged me to come out of my comfort zone and take each day in stride. Although this is not my most ideal way of taking a full semester of coursework, I am keeping my eyes on the prize (passing all my classes) and challenging myself to do things differently in order to reach my goal. Although we are all in less than ideal situations, we need to remind ourselves that there are many means to an end.