5 Tips for Successful Online Learning
1. Log in to your classes early and regularly
Log in to your classes as soon as you can after they open. Read the syllabus and other course materials so you know what to expect over the course of the semester. If you aren’t already familiar with Canvas, don’t be afraid to click around to get familiar with the system.
Once you get a feel for the class, it’s tempting to just log on once or twice a week when you know an assignment is due. However, just like traditional courses, due dates and assignments can be changed. By logging in more regularly you’ll be sure to never miss an assignment or message from your teacher.
2. Get organized
Figure out when and where you will do your online classes. Online courses are flexible, but that also means they are easy to put off. Set a specific time for each of your classes and stick to your schedule. Then decide where you will work on your classes. It can be your favorite comfy chair, the kitchen counter, or a quiet corner of the public library. Keep everything you will need in one spot so when it’s study time, you can just grab it and get started. Nothing will derail you faster than spending the first ten minutes of your study time searching for your calculator.
3. Check your email and Canvas messages regularly
From time to time there will be information from your teacher or the school. These will be sent through email, Canvas messages, or posted on the announcement section of Canvas. It is your responsibility to check regularly so you don’t miss important information.
4. Get to know your teacher
Even though you may never meet your teacher in person, it’s still important to get to know them. Don’t be afraid to send them an email introducing yourself or to ask questions about the course. Make sure that you reach out to them as you have questions or need help throughout the semester. They are there to help.
5. Set a goal
It’s not uncommon to have days where you feel like you’ve hit a wall and want to give up. If you have an educational goal set, it’s easier push through the hard times.