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Tips for Success

Review the following tips for success in online learning:

  1. Take it seriously…this is college. You have enrolled for a college course delivered online. The educational requirements are the same for all campus classes, therefore take the schedule and due dates within an online class seriously. Skipping an assignment or discussion can lead to having points deducted from your final grade.
  2. Participate! Being a part of the class requires that you participate. Exchanging ideas, debating issues, and sharing your thoughts are important for you to learn and apply the knowledge you gained. Take the time to participate in the discussions to gain the most you can from the class.
  3. Login to your course daily. Login to the class each day to check assignments and discussions. The discussions take place over time, so check in each day to keep up with the discussions. This may take only 10 to 15 minutes on some days but it is worth it in developing the discussions.
  4. Take time to study. In addition to the class discussions there are assignments and exams. These take time and you will need to manage your time effectively to allow you sufficient opportunity to read, study, and complete assignments. Poor time management is one of the main reasons people fail an online or an on-ground course.
  5. Get help if you need it. Speak up if you are having problems. If you have technical problems contact the help desk. If you have problems with assignments or need more information on course materials contact your instructor. If you do not speak up we cannot help you. Online courses last only seven or eight weeks, so let us know how you are doing.
  6. Be respectful. The Bible teaches that you should treat others the way you would want to be treated, and that is the same in an online class. Treat others with respect. You will find that not everyone agrees with you in an online class discussion and that is fine. That is why we have these discussions; you debate and learn from each other, but this must be done with tact, politeness, and respect for everyone in the class.
  7. Apply what you learn. The best way to remember what you learned is to apply it to your everyday life. If it is possible, take what you learn online and apply it to your workplace or home. The skills you learn can often provide advantages to you in other parts of your life, so take the time to apply what you learn.
  8. A place to think. For many students having a place to study is just as important as studying itself. Find a place that you can use to study that provides you the quiet you need to concentrate. For some this may be after the family goes to bed at night, during lunch break, or whatever works for you. The point is to find the routine that works for you.
  9. Know your learning style. We all learn differently and many of us have a preferred way to learn. For some individuals listening is more effective than reading. Learn what works for you in terms of your learning style and what you can do to maximize this for yourself. The basic learning styles for people are visual, auditory, read-write, and kinesthetic or hands-on. Consider what works best for you. To help you with this, here are some web sites:

    http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire

    http://www.ldpride.net/learning-style-test.html