Posted by ICON School on Dec 7, 2021 3:07:19 PM
Online schools have made getting an education easier, especially for those who cannot physically attend in-person classes. With the many advancements in technology, students of all ages have the flexibility to take the courses on their schedule, working around family, work, and other commitments. In addition to having access to classes on a flexible schedule, there are many more benefits to online learning; however, many students also face several challenges. Continue reading to learn some strategies for success during your online learning experience.
Treat it Like an In-Person Course
One of the very best strategies you can use to approach your online education is to treat it just like you would an in-person class. Watch class videos and complete all coursework promptly, rather than waiting until the last minute. Pay close attention to deadlines and follow the syllabus closely—you don't have the in-person structure that provides these kinds of reminders, so you have to take responsibility for that yourself. Additionally, interacting and participating in as many course-related activities can be very beneficial and help boost your learning experience.
Create a Dedicated Study Space
Anyone working from home can tell you they are more productive when they have a designated office and workspace. The same holds true for students learning at home. Your study space area should be free of distractions and have everything you need to study and complete coursework. Then, when you are done with schoolwork, you can walk away until the next day. Having a separate space that you use every day only for schoolwork can help you tune in for work each day.
In addition to creating a designated study space, get rid of distractions, including everything from social media to movies and new video games to others in the home. This can be more challenging for some, but the more you can eliminate those distractions, the more you can focus on your studies.
Determine Your Learning Style
Everyone learns differently. Some learn better by reading, others by watching and listening to videos. Determine which method works best for you and focus your online learning to use the one you feel will help you succeed.
Find a Virtual Study Group
Get to know your classmates and see if there are any virtual study groups. If not, work with other students and create one. Additionally, the school or a school counselor can help get you in contact with other students who have a study group established. Having other people to study with can help keep you accountable, and make the learning experience more enjoyable.
Use All Available Resources
Virtual students have access to the same resources in-person students have, and the course’s teacher hands out most. Make sure to use those resources and take advantage of everything your teacher provides you. If you are missing a resource or struggling with a topic, contact your teacher and see if they might have a resource to share with you.
Approach note-taking for online classes the same as you would for in-person classes. Take good notes that will help you memorize, study for exams, or help when you're writing a paper. This strategy works well with some of the others we've discussed—ask your teacher for help if you need to fill in gaps in your notes, or share notes with virtual study groups.
Believe in Yourself
No matter what courses you are taking online, believe in yourself and the fact that you can do this. Online school can be tough, but with the right strategies (and mindset), you'll have no problem making the grade.
If you need help getting started in our fully accredited public school, reach out to the team at ICON today!