It is great to have online classes. You don't need to be present at a class to receive instruction. All you have to do is sit down with your computer at home and follow the instructions of your lecturer.
While online courses may be more convenient and cost-effective, it can be difficult to focus on your studies. There are many distractions: from email and social media to the temptation of falling asleep, especially when you study at night.
It is best to keep a tight schedule for those who work while working to earn a masters degree. You will have to decide when you are most comfortable receiving lessons and instruction.
While we all have experienced school classroom learning, online learning is a completely new experience.
It doesn't matter if you are just starting an online course or you have difficulty keeping up. There are many online learners who experience the same problem. Below is an infographic that provides 11 tips or strategies to make your eLearning experience a success.
1. Find a study area with reliable Internet access
When you study, you will likely need to reference online lectures and notes. It is important to have an area where you can access the Internet without being interrupted. Internet access will be especially important when you are studying for your class.
2. A Study Schedule can be created
To be successful in online classes, it is important to keep a schedule. You don't have to attend lectures or classes at certain times. But you must still keep up with the course material online. It is essential to practice self-discipline. You should set aside a time each week for you to log into the class and review your materials.
3. Stay disciplined and avoid online distractions
An online course schedule can be difficult to keep to. You should be firm about following your schedule. Your online success is dependent on your self-discipline.
If you have a social network account open in another tab, it can be hard to focus on the online course. You should avoid checking your email and surfing the Internet when you are working on classwork.
4. Act Actively
Learning occurs when your brain's neurons are active. To learn effectively, your brain must be engaged. Notes can be written in your own words or recalled information. You can also speak about what you know without the use of notes.
5. To stay motivated
You can use motivational techniques to achieve results. You can study listening to your favorite music, or visualize yourself finishing the task in one hour and taking a well-deserved break.
6. Print any material
Sometimes internet access or computer distractions can cause problems. You might find it helpful to turn off your laptop when you are studying. It is also a good idea to print things such as a course schedule or syllabus.
7. Notes from online lectures
As you would take notes during a physical lecture, online notes should be taken as well. You can sit down with a pen or paper and make clear notes at your computer. Handwritten notes are more effective than typing.
8. Try it!
Even if practice tests are not available, you can still test your memory by writing down what you recall after each chapter and asking questions about what you're currently learning.
9. Avoid multi-tasking
Multitasking has been shown to reduce the brain's ability for new information storage. If you switch between tasks constantly, all that information is likely to be going into one ear.
10. Pauses are a good idea
As you study, it is important to take breaks. Have fun. You can watch TV for a while or take a short walk. A quick break will make you feel rejuvenated and recharged.
11. Make new friends online
You can make connections with other online students. You can study with each other; you can share your problems; and you can try collaborative learning. This encourages student engagement and deeper understanding.
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