Whether you’re trying online classes for the first time or looking for ways to strengthen your current habits and approaches, there are a few key areas to consider to set yourself up for success and take full advantage of all online learning has to offer.
- Follow a routine – develop a study schedule to help keep you on track, reach your goals, and transition on and off for the day. This includes working at times that are best for you and taking breaks when you need them.
- Designate a spot where you work – keep your space organized and stocked with all the tools you might need, just like when you bring a bag to class with you. This can help you stay focused, work on the task, and create a stable environment to make you feel less stressed.
- Ask for help – Keep your instructor informed: Ask your instructor for help when you need it—let them know if you are ill, unable to log on, etc.
- Treat online classes like in-person classes – show up, do the work, and set your goals. Take responsibility for your part in taking and finishing the course. The more effort you put in, the more knowledge and skills you'll gain from a class.
- Stay organized – follow your syllabus to know what is expected from you in the class. Create a calendar or list of projects due throughout the course so you can handle your workflow well. Prioritize assignments, use your time well, and reach out for help as soon as you realize you need it.
- Virtually meet and interact with your learning peers: You are not alone. Introduce yourself, answer questions posted by the instructor in the discussion forums, and respond to your peers’ posts.
- Create a social network group: In addition to forums, create a distinct space, such as a Facebook group or a Whatsapp chat, for you and your fellow students to connect, share interests, and support each other.
- Create virtual study groups: Keep the line open and find ways to connect with your learning peers in small study groups. Video chat apps are a great way to do this.