Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tips and Tricks to be Successful in an Online Course

If you're taking Winter classes this session, you might be taking an online course. If you are, we have some tips for you on how to be successful taking your online course.

We made a video. You can watch it here.

If you would rather read the tips, follow the jump.

Tip 1: Have the right technology
The first thing you will need is a means of getting online, a PC or Mac is recommended. When you sit down you should ensure you have a good internet connection.

Usually, instructors will let you know what course materials you need in their syllabus or another document. Some instructors only require you to login to the course homepage and complete coursework. Other instructors might require you to have a webcam for specific exams or assignments.

Make sure you know what technology is required for the course and that you can meet the requirements.

Tip 2: Have a study space
Ensure that you have a distraction-free study space that will be available to you any time. Focus on your learning when you are studying. Turn off phones and Messenger. Avoid surfing the internet and social networks. Reducing these outside distractions helps you focus.

Tip 3: Manage your time
Be prepared to manage your time effectively and devote enough time to your online learning. Many people go into online courses thinking they will need to devote less time to those courses. That could not be further from the truth. Online learning requires time and commitment to learning. Ideally, you should be devoting 8 to 10 hours per week per class and should develop a solid study plan to keep you on task and on time.

Tip 4:  Prepare a study plan
Everyone learns differently and manages their time according to their needs. You will need a unique plan to succeed at online learning. Here are some points to help you build your study plan:
  • Plan ahead – Log in to your course early and study the syllabus and the course calendar to find out when things are due. 
  • Create to-do lists – Make yourself a weekly to-do list so you can prioritize the tasks you need to get done. 
  • Use a calendar or planner – Schedule tasks and assignments for when they need to be completed 
  • Stay on schedule – Stick to your schedule and don’t procrastinate. Make sure you are submitting work in a timely manner. If you are not, contact your instructor to make them aware that you are having difficulty. 
 And remember, your phone can be your biggest distraction, it is often best to power off or place your phone away from your person for the time being.

Tip 5:  Interact online
Although you may not have face to face interaction. Most online courses ask students to interact with others online. Interact with your instructor and the other students through discussion boards, virtual classrooms and emails. Make sure you are asking questions when you have them.

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