During Middle School and High School, I studied with a variety of ways. I mostly used textbooks in Middle School and the beginning of High School, but in my junior and senior years, more of my school was on the computer.
In all honesty, I think the difference between computer schooling and book schooling depends on personal preference. I happen to be a very technology-geared person, so I was absolutely fine with doing school on the computer. Even now, my college classes are online. That’s just how it works for me, and I love it. However, I have met several people who cannot concentrate or study on the computer. It just doesn’t work for them – and that’s perfectly all right.
-Many computer schooling programs are set with daily lessons and due dates so it’s easier to stay on task (meaning, procrastination doesn’t really have a chance to survive here).
-Your school can be interactive and filled with multimedia (videos, articles, clips, music, etc) that makes it more fun.
-You can easily (and quickly) take notes and/or highlight text for easier studying.
-Many online programs come with games and student communities for a fun learning experience.
-The internet is only a click away for easy research.
-It’s harder to flip back through lessons for a quick reminder.
-It’s possible that you’ll be locked out of lessons so you can’t see what’s ahead. (I don’t know about you, but I like flipping forward in a book to see what I’ll be reading).
-When the internet (YouTube, Facebook, G+, Twitter) IS only a click away, it can be really hard to focus on school.
Here are my tips when it comes to a better computer learning experience. These worked well for me, so maybe they will for you as well.
-Unless your schooling is actually online, (not an offline computer program) turn off the internet! I can’t tell you how many times this made it easier for me. When I couldn’t open a tab to see if I had any new notifications, I was amazed me at how much more work I completed (and remembered!). If your schooling is online, then you’ll just have to develop a strong ability of self-discipline to stay off social networks and email.
-Read the lessons out loud. I know, this may seem a little weird at first, but just go to your room or some quiet place, and read the lessons out loud to yourself. This tip really helped me stay focused and finish my school on time. I still use it for my online lectures today!
-Look ahead in your calendar to see what assignments/projects/quizzes/tests are coming up, and use an extra 10-15 minutes at the end of every day to prepare for it. You’ll be amazed at the amount of stress this technique cuts down on.
Tune in next time for the pros and cons of textbook schooling!