At Schoolmattazz, we’ve been giving you all the necessary tips you need to make your stay at home this period a fruitful one. From everything you need to keep you and your loved ones safe from COVID-19 virus, to meaningful activities that ensure you are engaging your brain and staying healthy. One of the tips discussed is online learning.
Online learning can be somewhat convenient for many people. However, it requires self-discipline, strong motivation and time management skills. That’s because it may become challenging for you to successfully complete your online courses if you are not strategic about it.
Either you are learning to better your academic grades, or studying to improve your qualification for a better career, follow these study tips to succeed with your online learning.
Find a quiet and dedicated place
Regardless of where you choose to study, the goal is to ensure that you are truly studying and not being distracted. To help yourself, ensure your chosen location is quiet, organised, distraction-free, and available for use at any time. Also, tell everyone around you to respect your “work mode” and consider turning off your phone and logging off of all social networks when studying.
Create a timetable and be committed to it
Before you start the course, create a workable time table. Make sure your schedule balances your study with everything else.
Be an active learner
To learn effectively, you must engage your mind. You are deceiving yourself if you are watching a course video and imagining or thinking about something totally unrelated. Some tricks to get your mind into gear include; rewriting the material, answering questions and saying what you know about the topic without using your notes.
Participate in online discussions
Connect with your virtual classmates on the online course’s forum. Participate actively in online discussions and group activities, suggest study tricks, offer your input on the eLearning course, and engage in new ideas. These will enhance your eLearning experience.
Ask questions when you need to
Part of participating in online discussions is asking questions when you are unclear about something. People who ask questions usually will find solutions. Make sure you achieve a solid grasp of every topic. These things don’t happen just by chance. If you are ever struggling to figure something out on your own, just ask a question online.
Use available online resources
Most online portals have resources available to help with your studies. Make use of them. The trick is to navigate the website appropriately to understand its full features. To give yourself every possible advantage, spend time to explore what online resources are available. Figure out how everything works. Check out guides and tools. Remember to ask questions if you need help.
Go through all provided material
Make sure you go through all the course videos, animations, and ungraded self-assessment activities. These are meant to help you achieve course learning objectives. Even if something doesn’t have a grade attached, it offers supplemental learning and helps you prepare for exams.
Working towards a qualification and a better career means something. Putting in solid hours of self-directed learning is an achievement. So celebrate your online study milestones and successes.