How digital are you?
Technology has become ubiquitous in our lives and has become a real habit. We have been living in a landscape where digital and analogue have coexisted for years and we could even say that we live more in a digital environment than in a "real" environment. So, if you want to be a good digital student, it is not only enough to turn on the computer and connect to the network, but you also need to know how to take advantage of everything that this study model offers you. We invite you to ask yourself the following questions and think about your online study habits.
1. How do you interact with your teachers and classmates?
It might be nicer to study alone at home through a screen, but we are social creatures, for us it is still necessary to interact with other people. Of course, digital is not a substitute for face-to-face interaction, but it is essential that you know how to communicate in environments such as forums, workgroups, live broadcasts, self-assessments… Only then will you be immersed in an effective learning process.
To make your virtual lessons more fun, we recommend that you always turn on your camera from the start and greet everyone as if they were in front of you. To do this, showering and grooming will help, you will see that your mood improves and you feel more energetic to participate in classes.
2. Are you able to be a "multimedia" student?
Being a multimedia student means knowing how to use elements of various kinds. It's about using different resources and using them all for the purpose that best suits them. Words, illustrations, photos, graphics, video, animations, GIFs, memes, everything is used to convey the information in an effective way. Dare to communicate your ideas in a different or more "interactive" way!
3. Use digital content creation tools.
Most students still combine the use of digital tools with taking notes manually. Both options can be effective, depending on the study method you are used to. However, you should know that there are computer programs that make the creation of diagrams or concept maps easier and even more effective. What are you waiting for to try?
Applications or tools like Canva, PicMonkey, About, Prezi and PowerPoint can help you a lot to become a creative wizard.
4. Can you navigate between the links without losing your way?
The internet is a huge source of information. Hypertext allows us to quickly jump from one page to another. However, it is a double-edged sword. Often, we start jumping from link to link and end up losing sight of what we were doing. Therefore, we must make good use of it and, while navigating, always keep in mind where your focus is.
A trick for that is to access all the links you need by pressing the "command" key on our keyboard, making sure they are on separate tabs. Another trick is to group all the links related to your lessons in favourites tabs, you just need to click on the star-shaped icon at the top of your browser and then name the folder where you want to store all your study links.
5. Keep your social networks quiet.
We are so used to constantly consult our social networks that we tend to associate the use of our devices with these social networks. If you really want to study, you must put your social networks aside and focus on what you're really doing, without distractions and notifications that make you lose track.
One trick is to leave your cell phone in another room while you study or take a class. The simple fact that you have to leave the room to look for it, will help.
6. How do you disconnect? Do you get enough rest?
It may sound contradictory, but the truth is that to be a good digital learner it is important to reduce the time you spend in front of the screen. If you spend too many hours in front of a screen, fatigue will set in. This will eventually adversely affect your performance and become an obstacle to studying. It is important to perform that you get enough rest. All time you spend in front of the screen should be quality time.
Sleep experts recommend turning off all electronic devices at least 1 hour before bedtime so our system disconnects and relaxes, just like our eyes. They also recommend having dimmed light where we are going to rest, you can't imagine how much eyesight damage is caused by screen light. We recommend activating the usage time option on your mobile to control the number of hours per day you spend on social networks.
Were you able to answer these questions? As you can see, there are several factors to consider determining if you are truly a good digital learner. At ISIC, we encourage you to follow this advice and to become fully familiar with this study model. What are you waiting for to get started?