When thinking about online learning versus traditional learning, many people get caught up with some misconceptions that have been spread throughout the years. Some also feel that it might be too much for them. However, we’ve got three sure-fire ways to succeed in online learning.
- Get to know some technology basics: Most potential students think you need to be a computer whiz in order to take an online class, but that simply is not the case. However, there are some basics that students should familiarize themselves with if they decide to go the online route. For example, an online student should learn how to send an email and create a document using a word processor (Such as in Word or Open Office.)
- Create a study schedule: Despite what some people might say, online classes are not watered down versions of traditional classes. This means that just as much time and effort (sometimes even more) is needed to succeed. This can be difficult for those who are not used to managing their time very well. What students can do in order to keep from falling behind on their work is to set up a study schedule and adhere to it. Yes, lives are unpredictable, but it is important to try and get back to the schedule as soon as possible.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help: One of the biggest misconceptions of online learning is that the student is all alone and does not have anyone to turn to. But there is a teacher running the course, and they would be more than happy to assist you should any problems or questions arise. They may be available through email, discussion boards, or even by synchronous chat; it all depends on the tools that were made available in the course.
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