I used to think online learning was boring because you aren’t physically in the classroom. I’m the type of person that likes to be in the actual classroom and look at the teacher while they are teaching. The first time I took classes online (when I was planning to get my Masters of course) I didn’t really like it because one of my professors didn’t really know how to communicate as far as answering questions I had about one of my assignments. I was frustrated and wanted to give up. I actually withdrew from the program and school itself (the program wasn’t what I expected it to be) and decided that it wasn’t for me (the school and program of course)
When dealing with online learning, you have to remember that there are major differences to consider. Check out the Do’s and Don’ts for online learning.
~Do study in a quiet place– It is very easy to get distracted so make sure you are in a place where you can focus.
~Do make your online program your top priority! If you plan to enroll in a program online or even just taking a class, make sure you are putting the class first so that you won’t fail. Other activities you normally do may have to be put on the side for temporary if you aren’t able to juggle both.
~Don’t procrastinate!– That’s the worst you can do since you will have major deadlines for your assignments. Just relax, breathe and stay focused!
~Don’t over study– Take breaks as needed. Stressing isn’t healthy mentally or physically, so make sure you set a time to take breaks.
~Do have a reliable internet connection– All online learning is done strictly online, so make sure you have somewhere where there is internet such as the library, a friend’s house or a hot spot such as Starbucks or McDonald’s.
~Do make it a habit to get to know your instructors. Having an open communication with them really helps. When I was enrolled in my program online, most of my instructors gave out their personal cell numbers, so if we had any questions regarding the syllabus or the assignments, we were able to text or call them.
So if you are planning to take classes online, keep these tactics in mind and you will be just fine!