Strategies for Successful Online Learning

guy using computerBecoming a strong online student requires tackling common challenges and choosing strategies that work for you.

Some challenges you may face include:

  • It is easy to procrastinate when other demands are right in front of you.
  • Your instructor needs you to reach out with questions or confusion. 
  • Most communication is written and not "live", so questions may take a day or so to get answered.

Steps to take to counter the challenges

  • Read the entire course syllabus carefully
  • Take ownership of your own learning - reach out, ask questions
  • Determine methods to keep yourself on track - keep a calendar, make reminders
  • Plan ahead - Check for assignment due dates and start on the assignment early enough to complete it on time despite distractions or competing priorities
  • Stay on top of the work - especially reading your text as assigned

Choose from these effective study habits:

  • Set aside a regular time for school work and studying
  • Find a quiet place to study
  • Study every day, not in one giant session - you will learn more.
  • Set regular short-term study goals for yourself each week
  • Plan for sufficient time for testing (including preparation).

This page developed and maintained by Online Learning for Students. Send comments and suggestions to kebellnier@ccri.edu .


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Last Updated: 5/16/18