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An online class has a unique challenge. When it comes to remote learning, you need to have the self-discipline to work on your course, as well as have the dedication to follow through.
You will not have a professor actively reminding you of your responsibilities for the course. Therefore, it is up to you to make sure you have allotted enough time to complete the work, so you are not starting an assignment just before it’s due.
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You should keep in mind that when you take an online course, you may be expected to:
Your computer must have the capacity to adequately support your online work and keep handy your provider’s contact information. To avoid mishaps, ensure that you save your work repeatedly and backup regularly.
You need to be able to access your previous work from your smartphone or laptop, if needed.
A backup of your online course material and assignments is necessary, and make sure you have also saved your instructor’s contact information.
It is important to save the contact information in your cell phone or your email as an additional backup.
Reliable internet access will also give you the opportunity to check-in, stay current with your online course, and deal with unexpected schedule changes.
Whether you decide to study in your living room or other available space, ensure this place is quiet, organized, distraction-free, and available when needed. Your study environment should be one of your main concerns when you are an online learner, so make sure that it enables your study routine.
Ask those who live with you to respect your “work mode” and consider turning off your phone and logging off all social networks when studying.
Not everyone learns the same way, so think about what types of information help you best grasp new concepts and employ relevant study strategies. You might consider printing out transcripts of the video lectures to review, if possible. Do you learn best by listening? Make sure to build time into your schedule to play and replay all audio- and video-based course content.
Reading will be an integral part of your online study. If you feel that you have difficulties in understanding what you read, you should consider finding a program that can help you to develop reading comprehension skills and strategies.
Make sure that you always keep what you hope to accomplish in mind by the end of your online course. The learning objectives of the course can be an excellent road map during online learning.
Create notes that are closely related to your objectives.
Review them thoroughly every time you start an assignment, so you stay focused on your goals.
Start with the most difficult tasks, first, as this will improve both the effectiveness of your study and your performance. This will make easier tasks more rewarding and encourage you to complete the course.
A study plan is essential to online learning. Here are some tips to help you build it:
Knowing when all your assignments are due through to the end of the online course will facilitate your time management. Never wait until the last minute to do them.
If you procrastinate your study session, your studying will become much less effective, and you may not get everything accomplished that you need to. Procrastination also leads to rushing, and rushing is the number one cause of errors.
Successful students typically space their work out over shorter periods and rarely try to cram all their studying into just one or two sessions.
Once you have completed the most difficult work, it will be much easier to complete the rest of your work. Believe it or not, starting with the most difficult subject will greatly improve the effectiveness of your study sessions and your academic performance.
Create a study calendar that will help you remember all of the important dates, like exams, or deadlines for submitting your assignments. Save your calendar on your computer or your mobile device, or you can even create a wall planner, which you can mark up and check every time you study.
Make a to-do list at the start of each week, the tasks you need to complete by the end of the week. This is an excellent way to prioritize your study plan and stay on track with your work.
Before you start studying, find a place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. Find a common area where there is little or no background noise and use it for your study routine.
Estimate how much time each task will take to complete before you start studying, whether it is for a specific assignment or simply reading a chapter. Sticking to your time limits will help you develop self-discipline. You will start to realize that, despite your best efforts when you cannot concentrate, it will be a waste of time trying to focus. It is better to stop for an hour or the night and wait until you can start afresh.
Stick to your study plan. Procrastination is the worst enemy of online learners. Make sure, that you stay organized, and you are not falling behind in your online class.
If you are having difficulties submitting your assignments on time, contact your online instructor and let him/her know.
Looking for answers to your online course-related questions independently may be constructive. But hesitating to contact your online instructor when you are stuck may be problematic. If you do not ask for help when it becomes necessary, you may end up falling behind, and you may not be able to keep up with the online course. Build a relationship with your online instructor to avoid misunderstanding by contacting him/her regularly. Make sure the online instructor knows who you are, and how you could use the online instructor’s help. By asking your online instructor to clarify problems, you will also help him/her not only to evaluate a learner’s level of understanding of the online material but also to get an idea of the overall effectiveness of the online course.
Make sure that you know your online instructor’s office hours, so you can set up an appointment at a convenient time, when needed.
By asking a question, you also help at the same time your virtual classmates in case they are having similar difficulties. Keep in mind that if you do not ask for help when you need it, your online instructor may never know that something is wrong.
Regular revisions of the things you have studied improve your memory, and they will help you better understand what you are learning.
Create your own flashcards for your key notes and quiz yourself on the key concepts of the online course.
Have one or more study partners; working in groups will provide alternative views of difficult concepts, motivation to achieve better results, and help in completing your online assignments more quickly by reviewing what you have learned.
Share your study notes and habits with your virtual classmates and support each other throughout the online learning processes.
Your performance will decrease when you feel tired or frustrated while studying.
You will be able to work more effectively on your online course goals when you integrate some personal time into your study routine.
When taking a break, get away from your study space; go somewhere that has a change of scenery. Mild physical activities, such as walking around the block, will help you maintain your balance, renew your energy, and return to studying with a clear mind.
Online learning does not necessarily mean learning alone. Connecting with your virtual classmates on your online course’s forum will greatly enhance your online learning experience.
Participate actively in online discussions and group activities, suggest study tricks, offer your input on the online course, and engage in new ideas.
Ensure that you are mindful of your online tone. Be respectful when you disagree with other members of your online group. Always write in complete and clear sentences to avoid misunderstandings and tone mishaps.
Do not underestimate the effort needed to fully commit to your online course. Consider following these tips to make sure that you stay motivated and engaged in your online learning experience:
Follow these study tips for online learners and you will make your online learning a productive and satisfying experience.
Practice makes perfect. Though an online class has its own unique challenges, following the advice above can help you be successful even in the most challenging of times.