Welcome to the third in a series of tips, tricks, and techniques for success through eLearning – online classes. In previous blogs, the best practices covered getting set up to tackle the online format and the technical knowledge that will ensure you get off to a good start. These ideas come from a wide variety of eLearning resources and experts.
Here the links for blogs #1 and #2.
Take Advantage of eLearning
Each year at least 6.6 million students of all ages enroll in distance education courses. Those going for online classes find they love this format – presuming they adopt a positive mindset and have plenty of self-discipline.
What Can Online Classes Do for Your Future?
Behaviors for Success in Online Classes
1. Online Classes Take Your Best Effort
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can short-cut your way through an online class. Just like an on-campus class, missing a session, or not focusing on the content presented, will likely put you behind the expectations set out in the class outline,
Experts say you should be put the same amount of time as when you are sitting in class on campus. One guideline to follow is to spend approximately two-to-three hours studying for each hour of class time.
2. Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength
If you are struggling to understand course materials, expect your instructor to be a more-than-willing-to-help resource. Instructors believe in supporting students who come to them – it shows an eagerness to learn.
You’ll also find instructors willing to explain difficult concepts in your learning style. They’ll also help you get access to tutors (who are often free) or locate additional course materials they know will help you.
Most schools also make it easy for students to interact with their teachers. No, you’re not connected by location. Still, today’s technology means you can easily talk one-on-one via video conferencing or chat/messaging capabilities built into the school’s learning management system.
3. Notes about Note-taking
You might be tempted to avoid taking notes because it’s an online class, thinking you’ll be able to recall the information later. That’s a trap. Even if you have an above-average memory, studies show you will miss an important formula or insight.
Whether you prefer handwritten notes on a legal pad, laptop, or tablet, think of note-taking as a must-do task for success. A few reminders:
These are only a few best practices for effective note-taking. If your school has a department devoted to “Student Success,” no doubt the staff there can help you find a system that’s best for you. Want to know more about the secrets to notes? Check out this note-taking resource.
4. Actions to Remember
Yes, You Can Do This
Still feeling a bit queasy about eLearning? Just remind yourself of the benefits of online classes:
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC)
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is in Overland Park, Kansas, within the Kansas City metro. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been on a mission to create a healthier world. It’s a mission where we’re seeking to deliver everything we do at a higher level.
CUKC is a university specializing in chiropractic and health sciences. Our degree programs range from an associate degree in biological sciences to associate degrees in healthcare support professions like radiologic technology and occupational therapy assistant to the doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Many of the prerequisite classes for CUKC degrees are available as online classes.