With online learning it is necessary to self-regulate in terms of the time that is dedicated to this activity
To learn something new you have to trust yourself, have a personal disposition and organize your study time appropriately to digest the learning little by little.
It is useful to have a self-discipline regime when studying on our own and distributing workloads, in order to have constant tasks in less quantity and not saturated with information, recommended specialists from the UNAM, when participating in the Binational Education Week, organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, Texas.
Rosa María Guadalupe Vadillo Bueno, director of the Distance Baccalaureate of the Coordination of Open University, Educational Innovation and Distance Education (CUAIEED) of the UNAM, recommended: have an agenda to distribute the time and prepare lists of pending activities during the night before and try to achieve them throughout the next day. “If it is not possible to fulfill all the activities, it is necessary to write them down again”.
Meanwhile, Jackeline Bucio García, deputy director of CUAIEED’s Baccalaureate at Distance, proposed to carefully read books and online programs from the first time, to keep the fundamental data in mind.
In the dialogue “Do you want to be a professional apprentice? Come and learn tips and habits to learn better ”, Vadillo Bueno and Bucio García indicated that they follow the distributed practice that consists of short periods of study with focused attention, interspersed with rest and even sleep.
In the cognitive area, the specialists spoke in favor of exchanging doubt for acceptance, with the aim of obtaining confidence, hope and opportunity. In the emotional area, instead of feeling fear, you have to remain calm and curious, while in the behavioral area, instead of having paralysis or inaction, an adaptive behavior seeking information.
A good distributed practice is to do a little homework every day, as long as the deadlines are respected, and combine it with rest periods so that the mind and body assimilate what has been learned.
Also, take advantage of online resources for learning. Especially the so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course or open online courses), videos of four to six minutes in length, of which the UNAM has 108 available on the Coursera platform, in Spanish and on all topics; while said platform offers more than three thousand online.
Another resource that the University has are the Learning Support Units (UAPAS), capsules that address various topics, designed to be studied independently and free of charge.
Bucio García proposed “to read well the first time, because a serious mistake that we make as students is wanting to appropriate a text completely, wanting to transcribe almost all the content, instead of making summaries.
The distance education specialists agreed on the use of metacognition, a set of skills and voluntary practices to control mental processes, such as the ability to analyze and synthesize, evaluate and classify.