Preparing for online learning

Taking online courses can be very convenient for many people. However, this requires time management skills, self-discipline, willpower, and strong motivation, as it may be challenging for online learners to successfully complete their eLearning courses. There are 7 main ideas that can be used to successfully improve your experience with learning from online resources and take advantage of the freedom that they bring.

  1. Understand online learning practices and expectations. You should fully commit yourself and participate in the virtual classroom as required, become tech-savvy, work with others, complete your assignments on time, and be self-disciplined.
  2. Have a dedicated study space. Your study environment should be one of your main concerns when you are an online learner, so make sure that it enables your study routine. Furthermore, ask your friends, relatives, and colleagues to respect your “work mode” and consider turning off your phone and logging off of all social networks when studying; you will want to be neither interrupted nor distracted.
  3. Identify your learning objectives and goals.  You should read carefully your course requirements, create notes that are closely related to your objectives, and make sure that you review them thoroughly every time you start an assignment so that you stay focused on your goals. Finally, consider starting with the most difficult tasks, as this will improve both the effectiveness of your study and your performance.
  4. Build a study plan. Plan ahead, use a calendar system, create to-do lists, set time limits, and stay on schedule. Accept that you will have productive and less productive days, so stay positive and keep your chin up.
  5. Review, revise, repeat. Regular revisions of the things you have already studied will not only improve your memory, but they will also help you better understand what you are learning. Create your own flashcards for your keynotes and quiz yourself on the key concepts of the online course.
  6. Take study breaks. Your performance will decrease if you are feeling tired or frustrated while studying. Integrate some personal time into your study routine and you will be able to work more effectively. A mild physical activity, such as a walk around the block, will help you maintain balance, renew energy, and go back to studying with a clear mind.
  7. Stay motivated. Online learning is a wonderful tool that allows you the freedom to create your own study routine and enables learning at a comfortable pace. To enrich this experience, you can reward yourself every time you complete a challenging task, have healthy snacks nearby to boost your energy and make sure that you take some time for yourself to avoid burnout.

And in the end, don’t forget that learning is a lifetime commitment to yourself!

Source – abridged and adapted

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