The pandemic pushed online learning into the spotlight. Several traditional schools have already moved their curriculums online since the COVID-19 outbreak. In the UK, where education has remained largely traditional, it comes as a surprise that almost half of students who’ve shifted to online classes were happy with their arrangement according to this article: Why students like the flexibility..
Whether it’s the flexibility or the possible earning opportunities while studying, there’s much to be gained from online learning. That being said, online learners have to be disciplined and determined to become successful in higher education.
Consider it a “real” course
Having the freedom to learn outside classrooms, and possibly at your own time, one could get complacent. But you need to be steadfast and will yourself to sit down and focus on your lessons.
Remember that you’re paying for an online course, just as you would an in-person one. While there’s a fair amount of adjustability when it comes to completing coursework for online learners, you should set defined timelines for yourself. And beyond just showing up to online classes, you should also consider revising as an invaluable part of the learning process. The New York Times post suggests that you explore additional learning opportunities from learning apps and other digital resources, so you can take your education beyond just the lectures.
Being around fellow students in a physical learning environment enhances the learning experience. However, you don’t get this experience as an online learner.
Instead, participating actively in online discussions and threads is a great alternative. One way to do this is through joining the course’s online forums and message boards where you can exchange ideas and better understand course materials with classmates. When you find yourself falling behind or confused by lessons, reach out to your professor and ask for help and clarification.
Dedicate a space for learning
You’ll still need a routine even as you’re learning from home. Having a dedicated learning space—that’s free of distractions—helps you physically and mentally ease into learning. This space doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire room just for studying. It could be a corner of your kitchen table or your room. Experiment to find out which setting helps you stay focused and productive.
Wherever this space may be, ensure that there’s high-speed internet access to make your online learning experience smoother. And consider investing in an ergonomic chair and desk, since this setup helps you maintain good posture as highlighted in the Pain Free Working write up. Not only will this help prevent back pain later on, but studies have also shown that it can boost productivity, decrease stress, and improve your mood. By having everything you need and being comfortable, you can expend more of your energy towards actual learning.
Practice good time management
In our blog, we talked about how most online learners also hold jobs – the beauty of online learning is that you get to learn and work at the same time. Though this could be very demanding of your time, it’s possible to strike a balance between both.
The simplest and easiest way to maximise your time is by having a daily planner or task list for a full week. If you can, do plan ahead of time so you can keep stress down to a minimum. Plus, having great time management skills can help you have a successful college and professional career.
Success isn’t so hard to come by, as long as you work hard, stay motivated, and practice the right learning techniques.