What can make you a Successful Online Student?
Tips and Insights into online classes
Online learning is for flexibility and convenience. The world at present lockdown has already considered online classes at all convenient locations.
You need to make sure you’re ready to succeed in online learning. Online learning can sound so wonderful that some students start with unrealistic expectations. In reality, online courses require just as much, if not more, time and energy as classroom courses. It also requires specific computer skills and learning strategies in order to succeed.
To see if you’re ready, see how many items of the following skills you have:
Persistence is the biggest key to success in online learning. Students who succeed are those who are willing to tolerate technical problems, seek help when needed, work daily on every class, and persist through challenges.
- When you fall into a technical problem, keep trying and ask for help.
- Set up a manageable study schedule for yourself and stick to it. Students who succeed are those who log in and make progress every day.
2. Technical Skills
Online learners need basic technical skills. These include the ability to create new documents, browse the Internet, and download software.
If you lack basic computer skills, you may want to find an online tutorial, for example, you can visit The Library Network.
You’ll also need to check the online school’s main website for their hardware and software requirements. Make sure your own computer meets those requirements.
3. Time-Management Skills
Effective time-management skills don’t just happen. They have to be learned. Once you do, they will benefit you throughout your life.
- Review the syllabus for each of your courses. Develop a plan for completing your major assignments.
- Make a daily “To Do” list. Check out the list and complete them.
It takes time to develop good habits, but you’ll gain satisfaction from being well-organised and accomplishing your tasks.
4. Communication Skills
Teachers are willing to help students, but they are unable to pick up on students’ mood and state of mind, such as a look of confusion on a student’s face.
Use the tools/applications provided by the school to communicate with your teachers. Teachers and staff want to help you to succeed in your classes and will answer your questions. If your teacher has a chat room or cell phone office hours, don’t feel awkward about using those applications to communicate with your teacher.
5. Self-Motivation and Curiosity
To be successful, an online student wants to succeed. Online learning requires independence, internal motivation and responsibility.
There are many worthwhile reasons to work hard in school. You might want a greater level of personal satisfaction with your future career. Or perhaps it’s personal pride in your accomplishments. Or maybe you are seeking a wider range of opportunities available to you with higher education or a highly fulfilling career path.
6. A Good Study Environment
Another component of academic success is a good study environment. Get some peace and quiet. You will need a quiet place to work without distractions from things like television, family, or roommates.
- Avoid games. Consider uninstalling any computer games to avoid your cravings. Or keep the games on a different computer in the house.
- Turn off your cell phone. Let friends and family members know the hours that you will be “at” school.
- Set up good lighting and comfortable seating. Lighting in the room should be at least as bright as the computer screen to avoid eye strain.
7. Reading and Writing Skills
Reading and writing are the main ways you’ll communicate in an online class. Although some hard copies of textbooks might be required, you should be comfortable reading a lot of documents on a computer screen and able to type.
Some tests and quizzes have multiple choice questions, but many of your assignments will involve writing short or long answers.
Sources of other online resources if you are looking for more references
Many students have temptation and curiosity to learn from other sources apart from school’s sources which are always respected and encouraged as it widens the horizon of learning. You can take a glance at some of these internationally recognised online learning platforms to help yourself better:
- Khan Academy (For School Level Students)
- Kullabs (Specially designed as per Curriculum of Nepal.)
- BrainPOP (For widening your practical skills on various subjects.)
- Essence of Calculus ( For broadening your mathematical skills )
- Unacademy (For High School Level Students)
- Udemy Online Courses (The courses come with certificates but many courses need to be paid here. If you do not have a source of payment don’t opt for this option.)
- Audible (They are giving access to a vast range of audiobooks for various age ranges)
- Coursera (They are giving free online courses which will help you build skills and ready for a career)
- Blocky games ( Help beginners learn computer learning skills)
- Artsy ( Free creative courses)
- Open Culture (Free courses, audiobooks and ebooks)
Exploring these options will help accelerate your journey on online learning. With some exploration, let’s hope will open the door to greater sources of learning available in the widest network available to us that is the internet.
Developing your Electronic Skills
If you have to improve your electronic skills to support the studies Microsoft, Zoom provides various resources to help you with: