As the world unites to combat COVID-19 (coronavirus), many schools and universities have moved their teaching online to ensure safety and continue the learning process. How have students adapted to the shift from face-to-face classes on campus to virtual classrooms? We spoke to our students to understand their experience and asked them to share some useful tips for the student community:
Strike a Healthy Balance
“When the world is facing a challenging time, it’s up to us to adapt to
the changing circumstances and keep moving forward. With the advent of
e-learning, education has been made more convenient, replacing classrooms with
our home and all its comfort. Don’t forget to relish your mom’s food in between
classes and keep your hands away from the rest of your face – before, after and
during munching!” advises Abhimanyu Shivaji, SP Jain Dubai Student Council UG
President and a second-year student.
As part of the Global Learning & Student Life team, I would urge you
to also participate in online competitions and creative contests, especially
during this time of COVID-19 – where we must practice social distancing. It’s an
opportunity to self-reflect, express and explore talents. Read more about SP Jain’s online festival and
Being Prepared is Key to E-Learning
Abhijeet Nasery, a Global MBA (January 2020)
student, recommends checking your internet connection and logging in at least
15 minutes before a class starts. He adds it’s important to ensure no heavy applications
are running in the background during the session and that you use a good set of
headphones compatible with your device.
Amara Dorothy Tan, a second-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student, suggests testing your audio and video and making sure you
are involved in the class. “You just got to have those participation points!” 💯
Connect, Learn and Have Fun!
“We are using the Engaged
Learning Online (ELO) platform at SP Jain and I can say that, as a
traditional learner, it’s opened new horizons to e-learning. To continue your
academics is a ray of hope during the global lockdown,” says Raghav Bhowmik, a Master of Global Business (January 2020)
student. “Stay connected, curious and engaged – not for the marks or because
you have to, but because you want to – it changes how you approach your
learning,” he adds.
“Work hard, but also have fun wisely! SP Jain professors are your best
friends! Do not be afraid to approach. Instead, connect with them to seek help
and opportunities for growth,” says Phuong Nguyen, a second-year student.
“Always dig deeper, engage with professionals across the world to build
a wider perspective about the area of study and, most importantly, pursue
relevant certifications to stay updated and ready for the real world,” shares
Rohan Bhatia, a final-year BBA student.
Focus & Say ‘No’ to Distractions
It’s hard not to get distracted when you’re online. One way of doing so,
according to Abhijeet, is to log off from all social media websites. Better
still, keep your phone away. 🚫
Amara feels it’s essential to be in a place conducive for learning to
minimise distractions and avoid staying in bed. 😴
Raghav adds that maintaining a correct posture and avoiding a
distracting setup goes a long way, especially when lectures are long J Don’t forget to stretch!
The 2 ‘H’s: Always Stay Hydrated & Hygienic!
Amara emphasises on the importance of staying hydrated and advises you to
keep a 1-litre water bottle next to you during class.
Speaking about hygiene, Abhimanyu shares, “Hygiene should not be secondary;
please look after it. And freshen up before your class starts.”
Here’s a tip from our Professor:
Dr Monica Gallant (Associate
Professor – Accounting, SP Jain) says it’s crucial to keep your attention
focused on the online lesson by taking notes and being an active participant in
How are you adapting your study plans in response to the global pandemic? Share your e-learning tips!
Author: Megna Kalvani
is Senior Manager for Global Learning & Student Life at SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai
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