Online Learning: Tips for Performing at Your Best

Online Learning: Tips for Performing at Your Best

Online learning requires self-discipline and organizational skills. It may be that throughout your educational career you’ve had teachers, professors and parents help you get to class on time, guide you through difficult coursework, and remind you about upcoming tests and due dates. When you’re an e-learner, however, all this planning is entirely up to you.

First, your schedule must be conducive to your online education. This means allowing plenty of time, perhaps five or six days a week – maybe seven! – for online lessons and video lectures, for reading and written assignments, and for reviewing material that seems tricky at first. Don’t procrastinate and leave assignments until the last minute. It’s a bad habit to fall into, and you never know: your computer could malfunction the night before an assignment is due, leaving you in the lurch. And if you’re struggling with a certain concept, don’t be ashamed; it happens to most students. Email your professor or an online classmate for help. (It can be a good idea to make friends with some of your classmates through social media, so you can turn to one another for help studying or just for moral support.) Remember, if you don’t understand one concept, you may find soon find yourself completely lost if the class material builds sequentially.

Speaking of computer problems, you might want to print out and keep paper copies of important class documents: syllabi, communications with your professor, copies of important articles. Organize them in a folder chronologically, and you’ll have the materials you need should your computer crash. Some online students also find it to be a nice break to get away from their computers for a while and read off of pieces of paper.

You also need the room in which your online learning takes place to be as peaceful as possible. Put your computer someplace free of noise and disruptions: no kids, no TV, and no pets, unless your pet can sit near you or on your lap quietly for a long period of time. Keep this room as clean and uncluttered as possible, too. And make sure you’ve eaten well before class and are well-hydrated – you may want a bottle of water handy at your work station – so you’ll have the mental energy to focus and perform at your highest level. Get plenty of sleep each night as well.

It can be a good idea to get a separate laptop or PC just for your online education. Whatever computer you use, make sure it’s not full of programs and documents you don’t need; these can slow down your computer. You should also create a folder on your computer just for your class materials, so when you’re studying for a test you can easily find everything you need and go through these documents without any distractions.

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Apr 27, 2012