Tips for Succeeding in Online Courses
More and more students are enjoying the convenience and flexibility of online learning, but taking courses online comes with its own unique set of challenges. Make sure you get the most out of your online education by following these helpful tips.
Create a schedule and stick to it
Create a calendar that not only includes the days and times of your classes, but also has all the due dates for upcoming assignments or exams (and set reminders for yourself). You’ll also want to set aside uninterrupted study time; it’s recommended that you plan to study or work 3 hours per week for every one credit hour the class is worth.
Don’t let distractions get in the way
One of the biggest drawbacks to online learning is that there may be more things to distract you from your work when you are at home. When you are taking class or studying, turn off the notifications on your phone and email, avoid social media, turn off the TV, and be sure to tell friends and family to respect your study time. Find a designated place to do your work that is distraction-free, quiet, and preferably has a door you can shut.
Be disciplined and engaged
Be sure to prepare for every lesson, attend all your virtual classes, and take active notes. Ask questions, involve yourself in class discussions, and consider joining online study groups for additional support. Remember, you are learning the information you’ll need for a successful career, so stay focused on your goal.
People tend not to do their best when they are stressed out or exhausted. Be sure to get sufficient sleep, try to eat healthy, and take time for exercise, yoga or mediation to de-stress and revitalize. Take breaks when you are studying, avoid cramming and pulling all-nighters, and build some “me” time into your calendar so you don’t get burned out.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you ever feel like you’re struggling to understand something or feel overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk to your school’s instructors, and academic advisors, they are all there to help you succeed. You can also talk to your fellow students – sometimes they can explain a concept in a different way that can help.
At Daytona College, we offer a wide range of online healthcare programs that were designed specifically with you in mind. To learn more, visit our website, contact us, or give us a call at (386) 267-0565.