The biggest downfall for students entering the online learning process is they start their experience with a laid-back attitude to the studies. If you do take this approach, you may not allow yourself to fully embrace the online learning experience.
The best way to approach your online studies is to imagine that you will be sitting in a classroom based setting with your Tutor in front of you. This approach will help keep you focused with the studies.
Now you must decide what you want to get out of your online course. What is your end goal?
- Master a particular skill?
- Increase your proficiency in a particular area of the course?
- Achieve Certification?
- Become more knowledgeable on one subject?
- To become more comfortable conversing about a particular topic?
- Or to achieve a fundamental understanding on a subject?
Every one of these goals above are all valid reasons for partaking in a course and all of them require a different level of dedication to your studies, as well as varied levels of course complexity that you must partake in.
It is important that you set your end goals for the course, so that you will be less likely to be disappointed with the outcome when it ends. You are far more likely to succeed with your studies, if you start your course, with a particular goal in mind. It is best to even write your study objectives down and refer back to these when you start to make your way through the course. This will let you know if your study objectives and the material provided on the course are in sync with one another.
As well as checking in on your study goals, it is good to evaluate your study habits throughout the process. Are you comfortable studying online? Can you easily recall material that you learnt at the start of the course? An important thing to remember is to stick to your own schedule and pace when studying online. Don’t feel as though you are in competition with anyone, so don’t put too much unnecessary pressure on yourself.
Although, you should not be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself, it is a good idea that you stick to a study schedule and avoid giving yourself too much time off. We all need to take breaks when studying, but be reasonable and this will help you from falling off the study wagon!
It can be very helpful having someone to help keep you motivated. This can be a colleague, friend, or a fellow learner, who will help keep you accountable for your studies and who will regularly check in on you to see how you are getting on. Sometimes having to say out loud to someone how your studies are going can be a great way you can hold yourself accountable and ensure you keep on track!