With the recent mass migration of university classes to online formats, many students are wondering how they can make the most of their new online class experience.
I've taken online classes before and can attest to their value for students.
Students are increasingly choosing to study online over traditional classes in the last few decades. Sallie Mae's "How America Pais for College 2019” report showed that nearly two fifths of students took courses online during the 2018-19 school year.
Although you might not be physically present, this does not mean that the class will be easy. An online class requires you to be focused, have proactive study habits, manage your time efficiently, and have the right amount of focus.
These seven online class tips can help you succeed no matter if your university has recently moved to online learning or if you're looking to take online classes in future.
1. Keep the same level focus
It doesn't matter if your virtual classroom is different from one in-person. Instead, show the same determination and focus.
Do not lose sight of your work ethic. Keep on top of schoolwork and complete all assignments promptly. Take the time to study for exams as if it were an in-person class. Your online classes will end up being weighed in the same manner as any traditional in-person college class. It is important to keep the same level and intensity of focus, determination and work ethic in order to succeed.
2. Your online classroom is now open
It's crucial that you know how to navigate and use online classes. This site will contain all your course materials, videos, forums, assignments, quizzes, and other features. It's crucial to be able to navigate it and know where it is located. You will be better off if you start sooner.
Your professor and school may determine which type of online class you take.
Synchronous online learning is asynchronous or online education that occurs in real-time. Your online class operates in the same manner as an in person class but is entirely online. Synchronous learning is usually achieved through live-streaming of online lectures, live chat rooms and the setting of class times online for students to virtual attend. Online classes with synchronous learning can be more engaging for students and provide more dynamic learning experiences.
Synchronous learning means that you can take the class online but not in real time. Although your professor will give you assignments and lectures online, you can still complete them on your own, so long as you meet the deadlines. Online classes that are asynchronous can offer more flexibility for students and a more affordable option.
You can read through your course materials before you start the first day. Also, spend some time looking at the virtual classroom website to get a feel for where things are located. Pay particular attention where you can access course materials online, submit assignments, and take exams online.
Experiment with the technology features of your online course. Learn how to connect to digital lectures, use chat rooms and send messages with fellow students. You can also submit questions to your professor during class.
As technology continues to evolve, your online classroom will be able to help you better succeed. It's not enough to know the basics, you must master it.
3. A regular study space should be set up
Create a learning environment that you can use to concentrate on schoolwork when taking online classes. It will not only make you more productive, as distractions are eliminated, but it will also help keep you organized so you can create a healthy online learning habit.
While you're looking for the perfect location, be sure to find a space where you can focus. Avoid places where interruptions are likely or where there is a temptation to distract like TVs and dogs.
It is important that you have the right space to host your online class. This space should provide access to high-speed Internet and power outlets. You will also need headphones to listen in to your virtual lectures.
Keep it organized once you have set aside a study space.
4. Eliminate distractions
One of the biggest problems with online classes: it's easy to get distracted. It isn't like taking a physical class. As we said in the previous tip, creating an environment for learning is a great idea to reduce distractions. Some distractions can be physical, however.
It is easy to become distracted by the internet. In a matter of seconds, you could find yourself scrolling through your social networks, streaming a favorite television program, playing an interactive game online, or watching a hilarious cat video. Then, before you know what, it's been thirty minutes and you're left wondering where you went! You need to make sure you don't get distracted online when you take your online class.
If you find yourself easily distracted online, there is a number of steps you can take. First, you need to silence your smartphone. Then, turn off all computer notifications. Finally, close all unrelated web browsers. Second, stop checking your social media accounts for a few minutes. Third, download a web browser extension called BlockSite which allows you to temporarily block distracting webpages (e.g. social media, video streaming, online gaming, etc. ).
5. Actively participate
It is one of best ways to enrich your online learning experience. It not only helps you understand the course material more, but it also gives the opportunity to engage with your fellow classmates and professors. Participate in group discussions online, submit questions for discussion in virtual lectures, or answer questions posed to you by your professor.
6. Manage your time effectively
When you take an online class, it is important to be efficient with your time. Online classes offer greater flexibility. But, online classes can offer greater flexibility. You're responsible for making certain you attend all online lectures, complete all assignments, take all online exam within the prescribed timeframes. Therefore, you must manage your time effectively.
A time audit is a way to assess your time management abilities. Establish a daily study routine to view virtual lectures, complete assignments, study for upcoming exams, and take periodic breaks. To-do lists should include all the assignments and tasks for your online course. It's a good idea to plan ahead by marking important dates for assignments and exams on your calendar.
7. Stay connected to your classmates
The fact that you don't live in a physical class doesn't make it impossible to have a conversation with your classmates. Not only can it help you excel in your online class, but also create new friendships.
You can connect with your fellow students by using popular chat apps and social media websites, in addition to the chatrooms you have created through your online class. Ask questions of each other when you don’t fully understand a lecture concept, create virtual study groups for review and preparation, and collaborate in group projects.
Focus, determination and time management are key to making the most of your online class experience.