The online class has quickly developed into a versatile learning tool fit for students determined to graduate quickly, those with jobs or families to worry about, or students who just want to be engaged year round.
But while online classes provide the perfect answer to class availability issues, time constraints, and idleness, they’re not always easy to master. Before you take your next online class, take into account these tips to help you stay on top of things.
Treat it like real class
It’s not as easy as it sounds. The web based format of online classes tricks many students into taking them lightly. Online classes, however, are often even more demanding than traditional ones, with less guidance and a picked-up pace. Spend at least as much time on your online course as you would a conventional one.
While it’s not likely you’ll be able to meet with your professor in person or ever talk with a classmate sitting next to you, the classroom dynamic is still attainable through the web. Save your professor’s contact info and keep a consistent connection with him or her. Also, look for your class’ email roster so you always have somewhere to turn to for questions or notes.
Using the Internet as a platform for learning means a world of distractions are just a YouTube video or Facebook login away. Many times, you may not even get to your class’ website until well after you opened your laptop with intentions to do so. Learn to stay focused by bookmarking your class site and avoiding, or even blocking, distractions.
Organize your email
Your inbox becomes your backpack when you’re a student in an online class. And just like your backpack, things may sink to the bottom, out of sight, or be accidently tossed. Create an inbox folder for your class-related emails and other sites and account information related to the course. Also, make sure nothing is getting unintentionally sorted into your junk folder.
Copy and paste, take screenshots when appropriate, consult online resources. Even though down servers or technical difficulties can make online classes frustrating at times, technology is ultimately a great asset for students and should be maximized.
Manage your time
The best online students have good time management skills. And it’s clear why: online classes require you to make your own schedule, adhere to deadlines that you don’t get reminded about, and complete timed tests and assignments. With this in mind, do something for your online classes every day to stay on top of them, even if it’s just 20 minutes to see what your next homework looks like.
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