and guidelines for online study
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to Study Online
By Alexander Sutton
Online colleges and
courses from existing brick and mortar schools have completely changed how
people learn. Professionals and students alike can now take classes around their
schedule instead of having to go to a classroom everyday and spend a designated
amount of time. This has opened up a tremendous amount of educational
opportunities for people who work full-time or just can't see themselves in a
classroom everyday. Though it provides many great opportunities for people,
these online classes are not for everybody. In fact, these courses are a very
unique educational experience that requires special study skills to do well in.
These classes were made for the self-starter. Unlike many other classroom
situations, where the teacher will direct your learning and provide helpful
reminders, in online classes you have to make sure that you are on top of
everything in terms of due dates and subject material. This also means
organizing your time to read, watch, and write everything on your own time.
Though they provide a huge amount of wiggle room for students to schedule around
their lives, this also means students have to be the ones to decide when to
study and take tests. This is different from just "studying" as you would a
normal class, because study time for online classes is a substitute for class
time. Plan to spend at least an hour a week per credit on top of normal studying
to make up for this.
Online classes are much less personal than in person classes, so if you like
interacting with students and asking lots of questions, then online classes will
be a bit of a struggle. Though there still is communication between students and
the teacher it is usually done through email and has a delayed response time.
Part of taking a class is studying the teacher and this is much more difficult
when you can't get a feel for them online.
The best way to succeed is to plan as if you had a normal class. Set aside
reading (or whatever class activity) time each week and stick to it. Also keep a
calendar that you will use to keep track of assignments and test due dates so
nothing is ever late. Finally, use the discussion boards and email the teacher
often to build a rapport and get everyone involved in the class material. This
will definitely help you and everyone else learn better, especially since you
can't do so in person.
(Alex Sutton lives in San Diego with his wife and two kids. For more information
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Online study Tips
Preparation for Studying
How to Study Online
- Establish and locate in your home or
workplace where you may study without any distraction.
- Make sure that you have good lighting.
- Establish the best time for studying
(identify a two hour block).
- Make sure that your computer is working
- Read the Course Syllabus (the full
- Get to know your instructor.
(Do not assume or take things for granted. E-mail your instructor to clarify
information and to ask questions.)
- Plan and devote your study time . You will
need to plan time to work on the computer, read assignments, research
information, and to participate in the class discussions [A good rule of
thumb is to plan your study blocks in hours]. Example: Plan to study one
hour for every class five days a week.
- Manage your Time!
- Check the Course Calendar
for due dates, assignments, etc. Instructors are required to keep updated
calendars to assist students in keeping on track and for noting any
- Take notes
- Establish rapport with the other online
students and form online study groups.
- Ask Questions and More Questions!