Get a kitchen timer

Tell yourself you will focus on it for 15 mins.

 During the 15 mins, you’re so focused on working for 15 mins that you won’t get distracted; and after 15 mins you’ve made sufficient progress to be ‘in the zone.’ 

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Find a friend to do it with you and commit to weekly study sessions.

Online learning is usually lonely and when you get stuck you are really stuck — having friends to work through problems together is critical.

Start with just 1 class

Although you're probably tempted to choose with more than 1, start with 1 class and finish it before moving on.

The first class is the hardest because you need to learn how to learn online and also learn the material.

Block out 2–3 hours Monday through Friday for classwork.

It’s not realistic to think that you can just put it off to the weekend because you may hit a block or be tired from working all week.

Turn off your distractors

Don’t check email. Don’t pick up your phone or text.

It’s so easy to spend an hour messaging or checking Instagram, so don’t even give yourself the opportunity to get distracted.

Watch lectures at 1.5x speed

... and pause/rewind during sections you don’t understand.

Because you don’t get to ask questions, it’s important that you train yourself to fully understand one section before moving on.

Buy the book

A lot of times the lectures/handouts don’t explain something well. 

It’s best to get a book to get a second explanation because there are no teachers or course assistants to ask.

It’s easy to think that you shouldn’t have missed the dumb mistake, but often your process for problem solving can be dramatically improved.

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Take Your Time Making Choices

Online dating greatly increases your pool of potential suitors. But the excess of choice might make you overlook good candidates.

Personal growth helps in making long-term relationships work. Don’t be quick to give up on those who are superficially flawed or aren’t an exact match to you.

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Easy and Convenient

Online learning gives us a choice and is a flexible virtual approach to learning, but it is not easier or faster, and one still has to learn. It is convenient due to zero commute time, no parking hassles and savings in daily expenses, but it still requires time and effort.

It requires more discipline and good study habits, along with enthusiasm and time management skills.

“Focused” and “Diffused” Modes

When learning, there are times in which you are focused and times in which you allow your mind to wander. Both modes are valuable to allow your brain to learn something.

Take regular breaks, meditate, think about other things, and give yourself plenty of time in both modes.

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