Tips for getting the most out of an online class
Take Notes: Keep a document file on your computer where you can copy and paste information you’d like to keep for yourself. This might include information that you’ve received specifically as a response to an assignment, or maybe comments I or another student have made on somebody else’s assignment response. Highlight your notes, and always look over the required textbook or material throughout the week. Not the day before, not just one day.
Everyday, little by little, become familiar with the content.
You’re teaching yourself, so make sure you’re focused, rested, and ready to learn.
Devote your online class as if you’re going to class. A typical class that meets once a week is roughly 1-1.5 hours long, give or take. Learn to use that time in your home or wherever you’re doing the assignments, and break it up evenly so you aren’t stuffing yourself with too much information.
Ask questions. I am here for a reason, and you’ve paid me for this service. There is no reason why you should not be able to contact me for any advice, tips or questions. Use the messaging feature of the classroom. Let me know you’re interested in the course and that you’re a hard-worker. Give me feedback on how I can better help you.
Use a planner, post-its, journal, anything where you can schedule your week in advance to really put in front of you what must be completed. I will add assignments as you go along, maybe follow-up questions for you to answer, so make sure you keep up-to-date with your work.
Log in everyday. Even if it’s for a few minutes, make sure you log in to see what’s going on.