The shift to online schooling can be a huge jump for people who have become accustomed to contact learning. Without having someone physical reminding you of deadlines and having a specific time allocated for learning, you are pressured to push yourself to work and adhere to deadlines without getting distracted by everything around you.
Disciplining yourself and staying organised is of utmost importance. Not having classes and a timetable can easily put you off track with your learning progress. Printing a calender and setting up your own timetable could be a huge help in keeping that discipline. Fill in your deadlines on the calender and don't abandon the calender. Make it a habit to check it everyday.
To Do List
You remember when we had 'diary' on our stationary lists in school? Well those are actually useful. Writing down tasks everyday and setting a goal to finish all of them could be a good move for you. This is a way to also monitor your progress.
Keep Up With Peers
Stay in contact with your peers and continue communicating about work and deadlines like you would normally. This communication would also help with not feeling lonely and relating about online learning and the ways to adapt. Sharing resources, study notes and study tips could also benefit you and advance your online journey. Going through past papers together and having a study group online allows you to learn better and to have someone correcting your work and helping you study better.
Google Drive is useful for sharing resources such as articles, worksheets, study notes, summaries and past papers.
Schedule your free time and study time
Don't dedicate yourself to only online learning. Take time to have free time and self-care time. Also, this is a way to better manage your sleep. It's no secret that students sometimes stay up all night doing work. This time, not being able to go out could be a good thing. You can finish your work earlier and adapt to a good sleeping schedule and do other things you enjoy and engage your hobbies.
Doing your work in your bed might not be the best place to do things. Having a space set out, preferably at a desk or table, is a huge part of discipline. You will start associating this space with your academics and it will start to feel like a desk you would have at school, college or your university. It brings in formality which is good if you are looking to become disciplined with online learning.
Wake Up And Get Dressed
This is very important. Setting an alarm and waking up at the same time everyday, not late, just as you would if you were going in to school or campus is very helpful. Also, staying in your pyjamas everyday and all day could make you lazy and not take your studies seriously. Therefore, getting up and getting ready is a way to not get lazy.
There are many resources online. You can find many videos on YouTube which aims to make learning fun. You can try channels such as: Khan academy, Minutephysics, Numberphile, MindYourDecisions and CrashCourse.
The Department of Basic Education supplies free self study guides on their website. They provide notes, examples, problem-solving exercises with solutions and examples of practical activities for grade10 to 12. Find them here.