5 Tips For Online Learning
If you are a first-time online learner, taking an online course or even considering one you may find that they can present some unique challenges. Without a plan for managing these challenges, your performance could suffer. Here are 5 tips to help you succeed in an online class.
1. INTERACT WITH YOUR PEERS AND INSTRUCTOR
Use online classes, discussion boards or Facebook groups to meet and interact with those in your online course. Take advantage of these options to gain and share knowledge with your fellow classmates and your instructor.
2. SEEK SUPPORT RESOURCES
If you find that you are struggling with a course or its concept and need help, don’t be afraid to seek out assistance. There is a wide range of college resources available to you—even at a distance.
3. SET UP A DESIGNATED SPACE FOR STUDYING
Create an atmosphere that will motivate you. A dedicated space will help you concentrate on your course. Make sure that your study area has:
- lots of light.
- few distractions.
- a reliable internet connection.
4. SET A GOAL AND CREATE A SCHEDULE
It’s a good idea to set clear goals and schedules to stay organized. Divide your assignments into smaller tasks and set clear and measurable goals for what you need to get done each day.
5. REWARD YOURSELF
Rewards can help you maintain your motivation and morale. After you have accomplished something tough like completing a difficult test or mastered a new concept, find a meaningful reward to celebrate with. It’s okay to take a break or eat a special treat without derailing your efforts.