7 Habits of Successful Online Students

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7 Habits of Successful Online Students

Karleia Steiner

Online education is more popular than ever. Online students can earn a high school diploma or a degree without being limited by geography or class schedules. With web-based instruction, you can study at your own pace from just about anywhere. It’s important, though, to hone the habits that all successful online students have.

7 habits for online students to hone

1. Choose the Best Online Program

There are now many good online degree programs. Do your research and find a college and online program that is appropriate for your goals. For example, if you want to take nursing classes, identify which colleges offer good programs in this field. Also find out what kind of technology is used to make sure that you are able to access the lessons.

2. Develop a Consistent Schedule

One of the biggest advantages of online learning is that it allows you to make your own schedule. If you want to succeed, though, you can’t be too casual about time. It’s best to treat your online classes as though they were live classes. Choose a time that’s convenient for you, but then stick to that schedule. Use your calendar or agenda application and set up alerts so you never miss a meeting or deadline.

3. Take Advantage of Interactive Tools

Online programs usually provide helpful tools to help you communicate with your professors. Make sure you make good use of these tools. If you have questions, take the time to send an email to your professor. Take advantage of interactive features such as chat sessions, Twitter and video conferencing so that you can get the most from your classes.

4. Connect with Other Students

Online learning programs usually provide resources that allow you to connect with other online students. This can not only help you make new friends, it can be useful for your academic success. Just as you can form study groups in person, you can do the same online. Online students pooling their resources and abilities can do better than individuals working in isolation.

5. Keep Your Study Materials Organized

It’s important for online students to keep track of study materials. Otherwise you can lose track of what you have to read, assignments that are due, tests and so forth. Create a system that works for you, and make sure you keep everything neatly organized in folders. If you’re taking multiple classes, you should make a different folder for each class. Use a cloud-based system like Dropbox or Google tools.

6. Find Your Ideal Study Environment

With online studying, you can take your laptop, tablet or Smartphone anywhere. Choose the location that helps you focus and feel the most motivated. This may be indoors or outdoors, in a public place or in your own bedroom.

7. Incorporate Offline Study Tactics

While the internet is very useful for studying, you can also benefit by including traditional offline techniques. This includes doing research at a brick and mortar library. You can also benefit by writing certain material down and using flash cards.

Online study can be efficient and convenient. At the same time, it takes a certain amount of self-discipline to create your own schedule and stay organized. Keep the above habits of successful online students in mind, and you’ll do as well with digital learning as you do in the classroom.

Karleia Steiner is a freelance blogger.

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