So you have decided to study online. Indeed, studying online can be very advantageous but don’t forget that there are also challenges with this form of education. In this article, let’s talk about what a student can do to get the most from an online distance learning degree program.
Set aside your personal schedule on reviewing lessons. You may set aside at least 15 to 20 minutes of your time to review your lessons before the class starts or after each class. Doing so will help you remember important points discussed in the class more effectively.
Fight procrastination. When a student is taking up a course online, there might be a tendency to put off school tasks or take assignments for granted. Keep in mind that the best way to benefit from an online distance learning program is if you do your part or responsibilities as a student.
Be active in online discussions. Just because classes are conducted over the internet does not mean your participation has to be limited. Make it a point to be active in class discussions regularly. If you have questions to ask, don’t be afraid to raise them. If you know the answer, then let yourself be heard.
Do your assignments diligently. Just as it is important to submit assignments on time in a traditional class room setting, the same is true in an online distance learning program. Always do your assignments on your own instead of having other people do them for you.
Stay focused. Motivation and self-disciple are two virtues that all students must nurture, especially those who are studying online. It will require effort to really learn but rest assured that all your hard work will pay off when you complete the program.
Follow the guidelines set by your instructor. Understand the instructions on submitting assignments and reports and follow the guidelines properly to make sure that your work will be well-received. Use an appropriate subject line when sending messages through email or when posting on the message board.
Make use of online learning materials. Online distance learning students are provided with course materials and references that are readily available online. Take advantage of these provisions to maximize your potential.
Get in touch with your instructors regularly. Keeping the communication lines open is essential in online education. If you have any issues or problems regarding the lesson, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your instructor right away. In case you cannot attend class because of technical problems such as not having internet connection, find a way to contact your online instructor or school administrators to inform them about your situation.
About the Author
Nita Harris is a graduate of a Computer Science program in Santa Monica, CA. A budding programmer and a web developer, she also furthers her education through a distance learning degree while working full time in a small IT company. She also writes, whenever time permits, for Building Credit for Students.