Tips for Online Success
Familiarize yourself with the course requirements.
- Read the syllabus
- Make sure you understand course objectives, what will be covered, and when assignments
- Even though you don't see your fellow classmates and instructor - you are still in
school. You need to take online courses as seriously as you would any traditional
- Communicate with your instructor. If you are struggling, make sure they know right
away so they can get you the help you need.
- Set simple goals: logging in once a day to check message boards and announcements
or starting assignments the day after they are posted or setting aside uninterrupted
time to study.
- Stick to your goals -- soon they will become part of your routine.
- There is no face-to-face interaction in online classes. You need to be proactive.
Join chat sessions, post messages in discussion boards, and email your teacher or
- "Studying" includes many different tasks -- print online reading so you can highlight
and take notes on it, review lecture and reading material more than once, and complete
Apply what you've learned
- You retain more of what you learned if you apply it in your real life right away
- whether that is at home or at work.
- Do this by talking to peers and supervisors about what you've learned, as well as
actually using the skills. Pretend you will have to teach someone else to apply the
material and skills you are learning, you will look at the material in a new way.