Are you feeling overwhelmed in your
online courses? Well today we’re going to go over our top 10 tips for online course success. Hi I’m Peter from the Northampton Community College Learning Center Where our mission here is to promote independent learning and help students achieve their academic potential. Online courses can be a wonderful way to learn but they require a different mindset than in-person classes in order to be successful. So today, we’re going to cover our top ten
tips for online course success. Online courses take just as much time as
in-person courses Students often feel that they can squeeze an extra class into their schedule by taking it online without fully understanding that these courses take just as much time as if they were taking one in the classroom. Print your syllabus. Though you may be tempted to save on paper, printing your syllabus gives you something tactile to reference and also helps make the course feel more real. Keep a calendar. Online courses require you to be proactive and disciplined in order to stay on schedule. Since you don’t have in-person lectures
to help you stay on top of assignments, keeping a calendar will allow you to
know when everything is due. Plus, it’s just a good life habit to get into. Check your email and course calendar regularly. These will be the primary places that
you’re giving information about the courses, so make sure to check them regularly. Set aside time to work on the class. Block off time in your calendar each week to work on coursework. Look at your schedule and see when assignments and discussion board posts are due and plan accordingly. Find a place to study. Not all study locations are created equally, so find a place where you will have minimal interruptions and have very few distractions. So probably not your bedroom. Some common locations are college campuses, libraries, or coffee shops. Plan ahead. Make a habit of regularly checking the syllabus and your calendar to see when large assignments are coming up. Since you don’t have a professor in a classroom regularly reminding you of these assignments, this will make sure that you don’t fall behind and have to cram it all at the last minute to get it done. Avoid falling behind. If you’re struggling to stay on top of your
coursework early on in the class, adjust your schedule so you can prioritize the class going forward. This is especially true when it comes to things like discussion board posts and responses, since these are highly time-sensitive. Get to know your professors and classmates. You will get more out of the class if you make an extra effort to engage with those around you. Use campus resources. Here at NCC, we strive to provide all the same resources for our online students that we provide for students who come to campus. If you’re not sure if a resource exists try searching for it on the website. Now it’s your turn, apply these ten tips to your next online course and soar to success. If you found anything in this video helpful, please give us a like and subscribe.