January 16, 2019

5 Ways To Connect And Succeed Online

Online classes are a great way to earn a college degree without the stress of working your class schedule around jobs and family responsibilities. Online education offers a great deal of flexibility and convenience, while also preparing you for your future. The key to your success in an online course is engaging with your professors and classmates through being actively involved within the online community. Being more connected to your peers will help your learning, increase your motivation and make your classes more enjoyable. Here’s how you can connect within your online classes.  

1. Log in every day

1. Log in every day

New posts and conversations may be posted at any time throughout the week, so logging in daily means not becoming overwhelmed by the number of posts. Often, professors will require a certain amount of participation within the discussion board, so kill two birds with one stone and earn your points while getting to know your classmates and professor. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, checking in with new postings each day will not only help your own success in the class but it will make you feel more connected.

2. Post often in discussion boards

2. Post often in discussion boards

Discussions boards are a great way to connect and share ideas with your classmates. The more you engage in discussions, the more you will gain insights from new and different perspectives while also getting to know other online students. Remember to post your own ideas and thoughts but also respond to other questions and comments to create a dynamic conversation within the class.

3. Reach out to your professor

3. Reach out to your professor

Don't hesitate to reach out to your professor with questions about the class or assignments throughout the semester. By building this relationship early, it will be easier to receive more individualized help throughout the term and boost your success overall. 

4. Get to know your classmates

4. Get to know your classmates

Make a point to introduce yourself to other students in your class. Whether you prefer using email or social media, connect with your classmates early. You could even take it one step further and organize an in-person study group with classmates that live nearby. 

5. Work together

5. Work together

Speaking of study groups, no one better understands your class material and assignments better than your classmates. Take advantage of your greatest resource and go beyond the discussion boards by organizing virtual or in-person study groups. By working with and learning from many different perspectives, you will increase your chances for success as well as build relationships with your peers.

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