In many ways, this “new normal” of online learning flips traditional teacher/student roles and lays
new responsibilities on you as a student. Suddenly, you’re in charge of arranging, planning, and
guiding your own education. You must also learn to manage a complicated combination of learning
management systems (LMS), courseware, other course materials, internet connectivity, and your
own electronic devices (computer, tablet, phone, etc). This is a difficult task! The basic essence of the
student experience evolves into greater reliance on one’s own inner resources to keep going. Let’s
look at the top eleven techniques for staying motivated, on track, and successful.
1. Establish a Physical and Mental Workspace:
Designate a specific location where you can concentrate on your academic work. It helps to straighten up a little before you start studying, whether it’s in your room or at the kitchen table because visual clutter can be distracting. Use anti-distraction apps like Freedom or Rescue Time on your phone, or better yet, turn off all social media notifications. Allow relatives and friends to know when you are “working” to help reduce disruptions. Keep a copy of the course syllabus and calendar on hand for reference and refer to them as needed during the course. Once you’ve found a job and acquired the mindset of “I can do this!” you are well on your way!
2. Keep in mind that online learning is not the same as “alone learning”
Your instructor, as well as a full staff on the other side of your screen, are here to help you succeed. As a result, make sure to let them know how they can assist. Most courses also include opportunities for you to communicate with your classmates and form study groups. If you’re not sure how to do this or what technology you’ll need, ask your instructor for help. Obtain contact information from classmates to expand your learning network. You’ll be able to encourage and support each other when you need assistance or knowledge, and you’ll be able to rapidly fill in the gaps!
3. Plan and Manage your Time Wisely:
Staying on track and completing a course requires excellent time management skills. Because it is a prevalent misperception that online studies are less time-intensive, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your studies may be “put aside for a while.” Make a list of what you’ll need to get started on your studies in a timely manner. To plan out your full week, use a paper or digital calendar. Start and due dates can be reminded using a reminder software like Todoist. Break assignment assignments down into reasonable pieces so you don’t have to cram at the last minute. If you finish ahead of schedule, look over the next week’s work and take the rest of the week off.
4. Make a Schedule for Yourself:
Consider your online course to be a live class that you “attend” on a regular basis. Don’;t get left behind! Even if there is nothing to upload or complete, check in to the course every day; you never know when the teacher will post something vital. Complete assignments according to the syllabus’s requirements and submit them on time. Allow yourself to take breaks to look at something other than a screen. When you’re brain exhausted, take care of necessary jobs and responsibilities, then come back when you’re refreshing. Use a portable backup, the cloud, or your computer’s hard disc to store your work on a regular basis.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Seek Assistance:
Your learning experience will be more pleasurable and productive if you are familiar with the LMS and its linked technology tools. Make sure you grasp the technical requirements, such as the submission protocol, deadlines, and grading standards. Seek assistance as needed at the start of a course and as you progress. If something isn’t going well, or if you need more time or learning accommodations, let your instructor know. Instructors are eager to assist, but they won’t be able to find a solution if they are unaware of the issue.
6. One Day at a Time, Keep Moving Forward:
I’s difficult to stay motivated all the time while juggling your hectic schedule and studying online can leave you feeling lonely and alone. Do you feel obligated to fulfil all your personal and professional obligations? Do you ever have doubts about your ability to succeed? Maintain the momentum. If necessary, multitask, but don’t postpone or give up! Adopt a mindset of “I can do this!” Keeping your eyes on the prize helps keep you focused and on track.
7. Lean on your peers for support:
Many first-timers in an online class believe they will be isolated from their peers, but this is not the case! Contact other online students.
Setting up a virtual discussion group or study session to review content will not only be helpful, but it may also help you meet new friends. And you never know, your classmates might turn out to be useful resources in the future.
8. Recognize and Value Collaboration:
Participate in any group activities that arise in your course, whether formal or informal (social) opportunities. Make use of the social media tools provided by the university. Interacting with other students on a regular basis helps you feel less isolated and more connected. Organizing study groups allows you to stay connected and assist one another. Peer-to-peer contact allows you to connect with the course contents and think more about your own learning and progress because of the debate and critical reflection that occurs.
9. Maintain Consistent Communication:
Be visible and present! Stay in touch and log into your course every day to ensure that you are always visible and available. If you require further time, request it. If you have a problem, notify your instructor as soon as possible so that corrections can be made if necessary. Don’t put off making contact until the last minute!
If you’re not just a “spectator” in your online course, you’ll get a lot more out of it, so keep involved. If an online orientation is available, take use of it. If your instructor sends you a welcome letter with an invitation to meet with him or her, take advantage of the opportunity to introduce yourself and ask any questions you might have. Take pleasure in confronting and accomplishing all of your duties. You will learn from your peers as well as teach them with your own experiences and ideas if you participate in academic activities with them.
11. You Should Praise Yourself!
This was accomplished by you! You transitioned from a traditional classroom to online learning, and you did so swiftly! Be proud of your accomplishments and achievements. Being a student and meeting all the standards and expectations that are placed on you is not easy. Recognize that you cannot always be flawless, and that certain obstacles may appear insurmountable. Continue to give it your all but remember to forgive yourself! Congratulations, and best wishes for continued success!
Online classes are a great way to get the degree you need to achieve your objectives. Even though they each have their own set of problems, following the tips above can help you succeed even in the most chaotic of situations.