Saturday, 9 June 2012

5 Ways to Succeed in the Online Classroom (An Exclusive Guest Post):

Taking courses online is a wonderful option for students to enhance their education without having to go the distance, literally. Typically, online courses get a reputation of being ‘easier’ for students, however come end of the term some students find this to be false when grades are released. Before you log on, check out these 5 ways you can succeed in the online classroom:

Treat it like a normal class: Before signing up for an online class be sure that you are completely dedicated as much as you would be if you had to attend a class in a physical location. Just because online courses tend to be up to the student on far as ‘attending’ the class, students can get behind. Treat your online class like a normal class, set up daily times each day to log on and work on the course. Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it is any different than an actual class you attend in person. 

Communication is key: It is vital that you keep an open and active relationship with your professor and classmates in your online course. You do not have the ability to go visit and have a one-on-one, face-to-face with your professor when you need help in the course, so be sure that you make the effort to communicate. Email tends to be the best form of communication for professors and students, for several reasons like you can save emails and go back and reread them.

Use all resources: If you course requires having textbook, notes and to use online tools, doing so. Some students that they can get away with not purchasing a text book since the class is online and a lot of information can be found on the web. Follow your professor’s suggestions and get all the resources you need to do your best. With that said, having a personal computer and high speed internet is considered a strong resource for the course. 

Avoiding distractions: Because your course is online it is so easy to get distracted. With social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, logging on to your class can get tricky. When you start up your computer, refrain from opening any distractions and start with the class first. Spend the allotted time needed to complete tasks and study, and then allow yourself to play online. 

Location: Where you log on counts more than you think. Find a quiet and comfortable environment. If you are home, try you bedroom at a table or a desk and shut the door. If you are in public, find a library to work in. Coffee shops are popular with online students but tend to be more of a disturbance than a convenience because of the constant chatter and people watching.

Author Bio
This Guest post is by Christine Kane from She is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at:
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