4 Computer Tips and Keyboard Shortcuts for Online Students
Time management is an important skill to learn for students at every level and in every environment. For online students, technology plays a huge role in managing time. Knowing how to navigate computers and technology-based educational resources can save time and get your student on the path to achieving success in his or her online classes.
Here are some tricks and computer shortcuts that can help streamline your student’s learning process when on the computer and help your child get the most out of his or her time spent in the online classroom.
- Memorize Keyboard Shortcuts
Learning keyboard shortcuts for frequently used computer tasks saves your student time and also helps him or her master important typing and keyboard skills.
To help get your student started, download and print this list of ten PC and Mac shortcuts for your child to practice and memorize.
- Use Web Browser Bookmarking
One simple way to help your student navigate the web is to encourage bookmarking. No matter what Internet browser your child uses, the bookmark tool can help students navigate to frequently used web pages and online resources in fewer clicks and with less searching.
Each web browser has its own built-in bookmarking feature in the form of a star icon near the address bar, though the exact location may vary from browser to browser. Clicking the star on a web page will save it to the bookmark list in that browser.
- Practice Consistent File Organization
In the same way that bookmarks can streamline your online learner’s time on the web, encouraging your child to create a filing system for computer documents can keep all of his or her work safe and easily accessible. An example of a consistent naming system for files would be by date, then subject, then specific assignment type, which allows for an easier time locating each file.
Making separate computer folders for each course and naming each folder clearly and consistently is also a great way to developing organizational skills that are crucial in a technological world.
- Keep Your Computer Healthy
A slow computer can often make online learning frustrating and occasionally impossible. In some situations, computer lag can be prevented with good computer maintenance habits. Checking your computer for important updates, shutting down and restarting your computer, and removing duplicate or unneeded files are just some of the habits to teach your student that will allow his or her computer to run faster and last longer. If you are using a school-provided computer, make sure to contact tech support for assistance.
Also, talk to your online student about the importance of clicking on links and downloading files from well-established and legal websites to avoid bogging his or her computer down with harmful viruses and files. Using anti-virus software can safeguard you from those.
What computer tricks does your student use to streamline his or her online learning experience? Share your tips with us below!