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With the exceptional closure of schools, it is fortunate that LaSalle College was able to quickly announce that its teaching would continue online.

Indeed, we are privileged to have a long experience in the field, offering distance learning courses for almost 20 years. Eh yes! Did you know that LaSalle College is the pioneer of online training in Quebec?

The current situation is not easy for anyone. But as the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, turn them into… virtual lemonades?

Here are some tips to maximize your online learning.

  1. Have a dedicated study space
    For successful distance learning courses, it is recommended that you designate a location that will only be used for this. Create a dedicated space where you will be quiet: a desk or a corner of the kitchen table, for example. Why not make it your own and make it motivating for you?

A comfortable chair, a monitor booster, a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (if you work on a laptop), a green plant, a board with your important deadlines … Make it your dedicated study nook.

Having a dedicated space for your online lessons will keep you productive and focused.

  1. Be well equipped
    To take distance courses effectively, make sure you have high-speed internet access. No one wants a lagging connection, just as your tutor explains this concept that gives you a hard time! In a time of the COVID-19 pandemic, several internet providers have announced that they have eliminated data caps. Contact yours!

Make sure you have the right software on hand. LaSalle College’s online training is conducted using Adobe Connect software, which you can install in advance. Check out the FAQs we have put together for you.

While your computer speakers can do the trick, we strongly recommend the use of headphones. This will be particularly useful in a noisy environment.

  1. Eliminate distractions
    Yep, it is much more tempting to browse your Instagram feed when the teacher is not in front of you! But, no need to tell you, this is not exactly optimal for your understanding of the material.

For those who would be tempted by outside distractions, take great measures by eliminating their sources. Whether it’s the housework that needs to be done, the latest dance on Tiktok, or the latest series on Netflix: you wouldn’t be tempted in class, so why would you do it at home?

Don’t get caught up in your phone’s notifications by putting it in airplane mode, or by placing it in another room. Install a distraction blocker such as Cold Turkey. Clean up BEFORE you start. And give your full attention to the online course!

  1. Maintain a fixed schedule
    Keeping a fixed schedule will help you get into work mode faster, and it will be more difficult for you to procrastinate.

Organize your week and set time blocks dedicated to the study, decided in advance. This will make it more difficult to go outside and play The Sims.

Maintaining a certain structure is essential to maintain good morale and good productivity through the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. Pretend you are going to school
    Taking classes in your pajamas is very tempting! But motivation can take a hit if you always stay in “comfort” mode. In the morning, dress and style your hair as if you were going to college.

This will make it easier for you to focus and be productive. The key is to take your distance lessons as seriously as your face-to-face lessons.

  1. Actively participate
    The Adobe Connect platform makes it possible to interact with the tutor or his peers in several ways: “Raise your hand” function, chat box, collective whiteboard … Take advantage of these elements!

Staying present and engaged is essential to your retention of the material.

If you don’t understand a concept, don’t hesitate to let your tutor know. Not being in the same room as you, it may be more difficult for him or her to gauge the level of understanding.

Your tutors will also be available at all times to answer your questions by email. Take charge of your learning!

  1. Cultivate the spirit of community
    Distance learning may seem lonely, but it isn’t if you know how to stay active. Interact with the means stated above, comment on the publications of other learners, introduce yourself to your peers, participate. If the opportunity arises, turn on your camera. Nothing beats real faces when you’re in a virtual situation.