Tips for Making Online Classes Fruitful

You are enrolled in this online course. Welcome! To get the best out of this course here are some study tips and advice to help you address any challenges to get the most value out of your online program.

1. Treat an online course like a “real” course.

Develop the discipline to sit down and build dedication to follow through the tasks provided in the course outline.

2. Hold yourself accountable.

Set goals at the beginning of the semester, and check in with yourself weekly. Possibly put up your schedule in a study area, pair up with a fellow classmate, or friend to check in as an accountability partner. By being organized, proactive, and self-aware, you can get the most from your online class.

3. Practice time management.

Create your own schedule.

Though time management depends on personal  schedules, learning style, and personality, the following are some valuable tips on time management skills:

• Look at the course outline at the start of the semester and make note of major assignments. Mark them on a calendar you check regularly so you know what workload is coming in the weeks ahead.
• Create a weekly schedule to follow, create hours each week to read, watch lectures, complete assignments, personal study, and participate in learning activities. Set reminders for yourself to complete these tasks.

4. Create a regular study space and stay organized.

Set up a dedicated learning environment for where to do your studies. Start by completing your work there repeatedly, this helps establish a routine. Experiment with what type of environment will work best for you. Setting up a regular study space also may help you to stay organized.

5. Make sure that you have reliable internet access.

Technology glitches happen all the time. To avoid mishaps, ensure that you save your work repeatedly and backup regularly.

6. Figure Out How You Learn Best.

Once you’ve established where you’ll learn, think about when and how you accomplish your best work. If you’re a morning person, make time to study first thing. If you are a night or day person schedule accordingly. Not everyone learns the same way, so think about what types of information help you best grasp new concepts at what time and use what works best for you.

7. Actively participate.

Participate in the course’s online forum to help you better understand course materials and engage with fellow classmates. This might involve commenting on a classmate’s paper on a discussion board or posting a question about a project you’re working on. Read what other students and your professor are saying, and if you have a question, ask for clarification. Make sure you are checking in as often as you can, too. The flexibility of online learning means that
can squeeze in a discussion response around your schedule. Set a goal to check in on the class discussion threads every day.

8. Create a community of online learners.

Online classes may sometimes make you feel like you are learning on your own. Most online courses are built around the concept of collaboration, with course instructors actively encouraging students to work together to complete
assignments and discuss lessons. Build relationships with other students by engaging in online discussion boards. These are a valuable resource when preparing for exams or asking for feedback on assignments. Create virtual study groups and study together.

Practice Makes Perfect

Online classes are an excellent option to help you earn the qualification you need to fulfill your goals.

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