Studying these days is not as difficult as it was in years past. Technology has made life easier; a student can choose to take courses wherever they are and even earn a degree in their chosen field.
All of this is possible with online courses. Many learners have fully embraced e-learning, with some choosing to combine both forms, both online and in person.
However, when studying online, there are certain aspects that need to be considered for you to excel in your studies.
Smart Class CEO Abdul Niyonizeye says e-learning is like any other physical classroom; it takes focus and discipline, although by default platforms do their best to ensure users can navigate and learn how to use a particular platform.
Online learning requires focus and discipline.
Vanessa Umurungi, who takes online courses, says that with the right balance, a student can excel in class even with online studies.
She shares how reluctant she was about online classes, but then chose to give it a try.
“I did a major in college that I didn’t really feel comfortable doing, so when I graduated I wanted to do the things that I actually wanted to study. As I couldn’t balance studies and work because I’m a very busy person, a friend of mine convinced me to take online courses. I was reluctant at first, but later agreed, and in the end it was much easier and more efficient and now I’m about to finish them,” she says.
According to the Northern Universities Graduate Programs page, it is important to take note of the following;
Treat an online course as a “real” course. When it comes to online courses, you need to have the discipline to sit down and say, “I’m going to work on this,” as well as the dedication to follow through.
Hold yourself accountable. Set goals at the start of the semester and check in with yourself each week. In a traditional classroom, you’ll often receive verbal or visual reminders of an assignment’s next due date.
Practice time management. The flexibility to create your own schedule is often one of the biggest draws to taking online classes. But that freedom can also be detrimental if you don’t have strong time management skills.
Create a regular study space and stay organized. Set up a dedicated learning environment for studying. By performing your work repeatedly, you will begin to establish a routine.
Eliminate distractions. From Netflix to social media to the dishes piling up in the sink, you’ll be faced with plenty of distractions that can easily derail your studies. The best online students know how to reduce these distractions and set aside time to focus.
More tips for success
Niyonizeye thinks these few tips can help a student succeed while taking online courses:
Setting goals. “Let’s say in the evening I’ll be covering this particular topic in math, it’s bad to just click on every topic you come across.”
Build relationships with your learning community; share and receive feedback from facilitators and peers.
Having a hand note to write your summary will help you understand and remember what you have learned.
An article on tips for online course success shows that for a student to be successful studying online, they must treat it like an in-person course. Without regular in-person class meetings, it’s easy to fall into bad habits and fall behind in your work. To avoid this, treat online classes as in-person classes. Even if the class doesn’t meet at a specific time each week, set a time on your calendar when you “go to class.”
Form a virtual study group. If you are used to studying in a group, online courses might be a fit. Sure, you still have classmates, but there’s not the same connection as if you were sitting next to someone in class. However, you can still enjoy the benefits of studying with other people, even in an online course. You just have to be a little more creative.
Distance education has come a long way since the correspondence courses of the mid-19th century. These days, it’s possible to take classes on just about anything you can imagine from the comfort of your own home.