I can’t even tell you how disappointed I was when I figured out we weren’t going to have school in person. I had all of my supplies, my clothes, my everything ready to go to school.
The Friday before we were going to start, I heard the news: A mandatory school shut down until the covid cases got low enough to go back... and let's just say it was not looking good.
As time’s gone on, I’ve gotten used to Zoom classes and I’ve even started to like them. JUST KIDDING! Absolutely not. I’d take regular school over Zoom any day. However, I have come up with some good ways to make it better. Not good, just better. (I think "good" would be virtually impossible.)
Tip #1 - Wear blue light blocking glasses
This one is really easy. My sister got a cute pair at target for ten bucks-- they’re simple but effective.
On the second day of Zoom classes, I got a huge headache that I think was from staring at a screen too long. Since then, I’ve been wearing my blue light blockers more often and I haven’t gotten a bad headache since then
Tip #2 - Look far away.
Another headache preventer, this one helps give your eyes a break from looking at a screen two feet away from you.
I just stare out the window for a while at a far away object. If you don’t have to be looking at the screen, don’t. Your eyes will thank you.
Tip #3 - Actually participate.
There are some people who literally never talk on Zoom calls unless they have to. Do you know how that probably looks to teachers, though? Like you’re not listening and engaged.
Especially if you’re like me and you have an entirely new set of teachers this year, you might want to establish your presence in the classroom, because teachers are figuring out what you’re like based on two things: #1 - what you say, and #2 - what you don’t say.
Take that into consideration when you have a good idea but aren’t sure about sharing it.
Tip #4 - Get outside and move
When you’re not in class, try to get outside and move, preferably without looking at a screen.
Go on a walk, run, or bike ride between classes, whether you have five minutes or an hour.
Just getting outside and moving a little will make you feel better and more focused during your next class. As an added bonus, your eyes will get a break from looking at a screen.
I know online classes aren’t fun, but hang in there. Pretty much everyone in school right now is right there with you. Don’t forget that this will end, but making the most of the present is really important, especially in these situations where we’re subject to something that we can’t really control.