Sources of Stress for the Online Student
While taking courses online for school, most people will discover a number of new areas of stress in their lives. These things can be small stressful triggers or turn out to be large concerns, depending on the individual person involved. Try not to be caught unaware of the different stressor types that students find themselves in while going to school online. Here is a list of the most common student stressors today.
Overwhelmed – Take time out of your day to complete school work. Do this each and every day. Try to schedule a time that you make yourself check into your classroom, do your homework, or other school related activity that needs to be accomplished. Making time for school will help you feel in control and less overwhelmed. Life gets in the way, be ready.
Everyday Activities - Let’s face it, there is nothing you can do about the phone ringing, the doorbell’s “ding dong", or the baby crying. Someone is always going to need you at different points in your day. However, would you continue to answer the phone while in class? Then look and see who the number is and -- if it is not important -- let the machine take a message; you can call back later after the scheduled “school time." If you are not expecting someone at the door, then leave it. You have work to do and just because you choose to do it at home online doesn’t mean you are going to be interrupted every 10-20 minutes.
Being in an Online Environment – Different environments mean multiple ways of communication styles. Being in an online classroom encompasses not only verbal communication but the non-verbal kind as well. Make sure to read the Bright Hub article "Improving Communication in an Online Course: Verbal and Nonverbal Communication" to learn how to effectively communicate in the online classroom.