Online Classes: 6 Things You Need

If you are like me, you’re still stuck in online classes. Whether you like online classes or not, it’s still sticking around for the majority of us at least a little longer. I want to emphasis some things that are less talked about than your basic laptop, printer, ipad etc. Here’s some things maybe you haven’t thought about.


Okay, okay! A bit of a fun one to start us off. But really, when you have three classes in a row and only have ten minute breaks, snacks are essential. Have something convenient in your bedroom or other study space to easily access. I also recommend anything not sticky or messy for easy clean up. Here’s a few examples.

  • Pretzels
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruits
  • Yogurt
  • Popcorn
  • Cereal
  • Espresso beans
  • Crackers
  • Chocolate
  • Smoothies
  • Cheese-its
  • Chips

A Notebook

Again another given, right? But I found myself saying I don’t need a notebook since I can take notes online. But, I found a physical notebook especially helpful during Zoom.

By the time I opened Google Docs during my online classes, created a new document and titled it, I would have already missed so much information. Also, I get very distracted switching tabs during class and accidentally looking at other tabs I have open. By having a notebook open and easy to access, I could also scribble down any extra that didn’t fit nicely into my notes. Of course it’s personal preference, but you might like a notebook more than you originally thought.

A Good Chair

Online classes: you need a good chair!
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You might be sitting in the same spot for hours, so having a good chair is a must.

Now, I’m not saying go out and buy a new chair unless you want one, but maybe realize a unsupported kitchen chair is not the greatest option. Consider buying a cushion or back rest so it’s more supportive and comfortable for your spine. I use an old pillow as a seat cushion, but it’s really not the best method. Or, consider working in your office or bedroom where you have a more ergonomic chair waiting to be used.

Color-Coded School Supplies

If you opted to use notebooks and folders, consider color cording your classes. It’s easy for classes to blur together, especially if you have 5 English classes at once or 3 History classes in the same era. By not sitting down in a different environment, your loosing that association with your classes. Even if you don’t use notebooks, but maybe you use highlighters on Google Docs or Microsoft Word that can help differentiate classes.


Noise can be a huge issue- because there is too much or not enough. If you are someone who needs a little noise, consider different methods. Use background noise playlists, ASMR, white noise machines, studying playlists and other methods to create soft noise without being too distracted. Or, if you have the opposite issue, consider ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones. Be careful with ASMR, sometimes I find myself falling asleep during my reading!

A Friend

Need I say more? A friend, preferably a classmate, can keep you accountable with your work, help you complete assignments, but more importantly be there for you. Breaks are just as important, and having someone to talk to at the end of the day after class is great way to finally relax. Consider having a socially distanced chat or talking over Face time or Zoom. Either way, it’s a good thing to think about it.


That’s all the main tips I have for you. Of course, there’s the usual tips like having a good working laptop, reliable internet, a good note taking system and so on. If you are interested in more college content, leave a comment and check out my instagram.

So, what are your Covid-19 online class tips?