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8 Study Tips To Help You Succeed In Online Classes

Saturday, February 23, 2019

In today’s increasingly digital age, there is an exciting option for self-motivated students to earn their college degrees without having to travel to and from campus — online degree programs. Online classes provide the ultimate level of flexibility for busy adults. That flexibility can be a lifesaver, but it can also be difficult for some students to adjust to learning outside the traditional classroom setting. While you are learning the same material as students on campus, you may need to work at staying focused and motivated.

These tips can help set you up for success in your online college classes — and beyond:

  1. Have a dedicated space for learning. Find a spot in your home that is free of distractions and is conducive for learning. If you are lucky enough to have a separate home office space, that may be the ideal spot for taking online courses and studying. For others, it’s a quiet corner in the living room or the kitchen table. If you have roommates or live with family, let them know you need to be able to focus on your schoolwork and that they can help you by minimizing disruptions.
  2. Get comfortable with your computer. You don’t need to go to campus multiple times each week when pursuing an online degree program, but you do need a reliable computer and Internet connection. You should also make sure you are comfortable and confident using your computer and the online classroom’s technology. Spend some time initially getting to know the technology you will be using, so you can focus your attention on what you’re learning.
  3. Create — and stick to — a schedule. One of the greatest, and simultaneously most difficult, aspects about online courses is the flexibility they offer. Some students thrive with this flexibility while others struggle. Create a schedule for yourself, blocking time for classroom lectures, weekly homework, and studying for tests and exams. Sticking to your schedule will help you stay on track, better enabling you to get the most out of your online college experience.
  4. Create — and stick to — a schedule. One of the greatest, and simultaneously most difficult, aspects about online courses is the flexibility they offer. Some students thrive with this flexibility while others struggle. Create a schedule for yourself, blocking time for classroom lectures, weekly homework, and studying for tests and exams. Sticking to your schedule will help you stay on track, better enabling you to get the most out of your online college experience.
  5. Connect with fellow students and instructors. It’s easy to feel isolated when taking online classes. After all, you aren’t sitting next to your fellow students and you don’t have the same level of interaction with your instructors. Take advantage of opportunities to engage your professors and communicate with other learners using the online classroom’s forums for posting comments and messages. Some online students find it helpful to create study groups with other students, meeting in person periodically to bounce ideas off one another.
  6. Log off social media sites. When taking classes on your computer, it can be difficult to focus on the task at hand and not visit your favorite social media sites or browse the Internet. Try to segregate your online learning with online social time. For some students, the easiest way to do this is to log off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other sites when it’s time for class or to study for an upcoming exam.
  7. Take notes, just like you would in person. If you were attending in-person college classes, chances are good that you would take notes while the instructor was teaching. Why should online classes be any different? You can keep your brain engaged and learn more by jotting down important points. This will also help when it comes time to study for exams.
  8. Schedule short breaks. If you decide to sit for a multi-hour block of time to focus on your online coursework, take frequent breaks to stretch. You’ll get more out of your studies when you feel recharged and energized. Get fresh air, stay hydrated and grab healthy snacks so you can give your coursework the attention it deserves.
  9. Take advantage of your school’s student resources. Remember that your college wants you to succeed! Whether you are starting with your first online class or are nearing the end of your online degree program, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance when you need it. Your instructors and school administrators are there to help.

Taking online college classes can give you more time and flexibility while you learn, helping you stay on top of your current job’s demands while meeting family obligations. You will also save the money you would have otherwise spent on transportation to and from campus.

MacCormac College in Chicago offers online associate degree programs designed to help you reach your educational and career goals from the comfort of your home. To learn more and get started, contact us today.