Online Classes – boring, I can’t concentrate, I keep getting distracted, my marks have dropped and my parents are shouting at me.
So in today’s article you will get
- A perfect time table for online classes
- Three mistakes to avoid
Let’s get going
Two quick things before we begin –
- On our community tab we asked you for your online class schedule and we selected the most popular timings. In case your class timings are slightly different, don’t worry, with small adjustments, you can customise this time table to your requirements.
- The transcripts of all our videos including a pdf download of the time tables are available on our website www.chetchat.in.
And now let’s peep into my day.
Part 1 – Daily Morning Routine 7am to 9am
Wake up at least 2 hours before your classes begin.
7:00 am – Wake up + Alarm rings, feeling like going back to bed, but wake up and stretch
Wash your face, Splash wash over your eyes and cup the eyes with palms of hand
Drink 2 glasses of lukewarm water
30 minutes of stretching in the fresh air
A relaxing shower
10-15 minutes of mindful meditation
Splashing water over your eyes and a gentle press with the cups of your hand help reduce stress and fatigue
Breakfast is a very important meal. Your brain needs energy to work on those difficult concepts so give yourself plenty of time to relax and eat.
8:15 am – Light breakfast and Keep away your mobile or other devices during this stretch.
It is very important to have some protein like eggs / paneer / milk / curd / tofu etc. Protein has amino acids which help your brain to function at its optimal level. Include some dry fruits which have been soaked overnight.
Remember to keep your phone away
Getting up from dining table
8:30 am – Entering the Study Room and Sit on your chair
Head straight to your study table at least 15 minutes before the class starts. It is very important to sit on a chair and keep your device on a table.
Arrange your notebooks, pens, look over your class time table and your notes from the previous day to get ready for the topic your teacher will be discussing in the class.
Check that your computer screen is at your eye level. So you don’t have to bend your neck either down or up. One tip, if you are using a mobile phone, either you can mount it on a small tripod or keep it on top of something to bring it to your eye level.
Arrange your books, stationery and turn pages of the book to read the previous day’s work
Check that the computer is at eye level
Use a small tripod for a phone.
Part 2 – Online Classes 9am to 3pm
Most of you have classes starting 8:30am to 2:00 pm. This time table can always be adjusted a few hours forward or backward depending on your exact time.
How to attend the class – you can put music behind some of these sections
- Take notes
- Keep your back straight – sit on a table
- Actively engage in class, ask questions and answer them
- Make a distraction sheet on the side – attend to this after all your classes are over.
- Keep notifications off
- Keep a bottle of water and a glass next to you
Actively engage with the class else you’re sure to fall off to sleep, ask questions, take notes and answer questions. Posture is very important since you’re spending hours in front of the screen. Keep your back straight, your core strong and your neck straight
Often when we concentrate we suddenly remember that we have to call someone or send a message to someone – write all these distracting things down on a separate sheet of paper and we will attend to all these tasks later during the day.
Please keep all notifications turned off during class hours and don’t be tempted to keep checking your instagram or whatsapp.
How to manage the breaks between classes – you can put music behind some of these sections
- Get up from your table
- move, and stretch
- Take some fresh air.
- Hydrate every one hour – drink one glass of water
- Look into the horizon
- Clear up your table
- Stretch – press your acupressure points
- Have your lunch around 1:30 pm
Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done even if you don’t want to do it
Drink water – one glass every one hour. Clear up your table and refill your bottle. Get up and move, give yourself a good stretch, go out into the fresh air and Look into the horizon, at least 20 metres away for 5-10 minutes, to avoid eye-strain.
Press your acupressure points – we have shared more details on this in the video titled How to increase your brain power.
Have your lunch around 1:30 pm when you get a break.
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Once your online classes end, give an hour extra of self-study to quickly go over what has been taught and consolidate all the assignments and homework.
Self study – homework etc.
Part 3 – Chill and Skill 3 pm to 6 pm
3:00 pm– Take a power nap for 20 – 30 minutes.
A power nap will relax your eyes and also your mind. Research has shown that a power nap can boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level.
Pick up your distraction sheet and try to address some of the points there.
Looking at the sheet and making calls, replying to messages etc.
4:00 pm – This is the best time to work on your skills as well. So, if you wish to learn calligraphy, doodling, dancing or even how to solve the Rubik’s cube. Give yourself some time here
5pm to 6 pm – This is the perfect chill time. Step out and try to connect with nature and friends for an hour. Avoid looking at your phone at this time.
Take a long walk
Spend time with Simby.
Part 4 (6 P.M – 8:30 P.M): Homework
At 6 pm have a healthy snack, check your phone for 30 minutes.
Back to your study table.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm- homework on the study table
Give yourself one clear hour to work on your assignments/homework
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – self study
And one hour for self-study including 15 minutes of quick revision of your preferred subject.
Wind up your studying by 8:30.
Part 5 (8:30 P.M – 10:30 P.M): Unwind
This is the time for you to relax and disconnect your mind from the world.
Spend time with family or or watch a show on netflix if that’s what you like. You can also take up the distraction sheet at this time and respond to people’s calls and messages.
8:30pm – 9:30pm dinner time.
Spend time with your family and relax
Play with Simby
watch a show on TV and Checking your phone
This is the time to prepare for a good night’s sleep. This one hour will help you sleep well and get ready for the next day’s hustle-bustle. This is a “no-device hour”.
9:30pm to 10:30 pm – brushing your teeth
wash your eyes properly
make your bed
sit in bed and write a daily log, make a quick list of things you want to achieve the next day, read a book or listen to a podcast.
Listen to podcasts – in bed
read a book – in bed
write a log in bed
get into your bed switching off the lights.
take deep breaths with your eyes closed
Recall the good happy moments of the day and sit idle for some time.
Now, slowly slip into your blanket and sleep by 10:30.
Three big mistakes
Mistake 1: Posture
The American Posture Institute has estimated that currently, 70% of amateur athletes suffer from postural distortions which affect their performance and lifestyle. Not just in sports, posture plays a vital role in the performance of our studies as well.
Mistake 2: Digital Notes
When the classes are digital then why not the notes! A simple screenshot or downloading the PPT might sound quick and easy technique but not as effective at the same time. On the other hand, writing your notes during the class helps you to save time, stay alert, focus more and also helps you understand the topic better.
Mistake 3: Missing Pen
Keep everything on your table before you sit down, so you’re not running around looking for things while the class is going on.
And that’s the perfect day for you. You can always take these blocks of time and move them around depending on your actual class timings. so wish you the best and happy learning!