There a number of things to consider about these whole online lectures thing: data, your environment, timing, network, etc.
In this post, let me quickly point out some of these key things to help you, the student.
Some schools have started online lectures for their students especially due to lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
If you are a student, here are a few things to note:
1. Check yourself and your background!
For example, if your room is not fine or it is a scatter-scatter kinda place, kindly move to a better place before joining a video session.
Of courses, you definitely don’t want to join a lecture while in the toilet.
Also, check yourself that you are ready for the lectures. At least wash your face and put on a nice dress at the top. People will notice if you are unkempt!
2. Reduce the noise
Kindly turn off your mic when you are not the person talking. Let the lecturer be the one talking. Turn on your mic when you want to say something; e.g. when you want to ask a question.
Also, make sure you are not in a noisy environment so the noise doesn’t interfere.
3. Data cost
This is the time to get smart about data because online session, especially ones with videos can drink your data like water.
Find those greedy data plans your network provider offers. For example, if you are on MTN pulse, you can get 1.5GB for just 500 Naira. Dial *406# to see for yourself.
4. Network problems!
Some places experience very poor network, which means your internet connectivity will not be okay and you might have a hard time following the lecture.
Try, ahead of time, to find a place where the network is better. Also, consider switching between the different networks/SIM in your phone for data connection because one of the networks may be good enough in your area,
5. Prepare for it
Because you now learn from home does not mean you should not take the lectures seriously.
Time for online lectures is not the time for watching TV or chatting on Instagram. Take your lectures seriously.
Happy online learning!