August 16, 2017

Succeeding In An Online Class

Taking courses at UW Colleges Online provides a unique learning experience. As an online learner, you earn the same high-quality UW education from UW Colleges professors with the same course content as on-campus classes. Online classes provide the opportunity to learn on your own schedule, but requires self-motivation and organization. Here are five tips to help you succeed in an online class.

1. Make a study plan and stick to it

1. Make a study plan and stick to it

Being an online student requires self-discipline, so manage your busy schedule by blocking out specific times throughout the week to complete course readings and assignments. As a general rule of thumb, plan to spend about three to four hours per credit. Make your schedule a weekly routine and treat these study times as non-negotiable.

2. Establish your workspace

2. Establish your workspace

Whether you work best at home, a coffee shop or a library, find a space that is free of outside distractions to complete your assignments. Designate a consistent location as your study spot so that as soon as you get there, you know that it’s time to get down to business.

3. Develop effective communication skills

3. Develop effective communication skills

Much of the work that you do in an online class will involve communicating your ideas in writing. When communicating with your classmates and professors via email or on discussion boards, proofread your posts and messages for grammar and anything that may be misinterpreted to ensure smooth communication. If needed, seek help from UW Colleges’ Online Writing Lab.

4. Stay connected with classmates and professors

4. Stay connected with classmates and professors

Make the most of your experience by communicating with your professor and classmates. Post in discussion boards, email your peers and ask lots of questions. By actively connecting to your classmates, you can gain new perspectives, receive feedback on your ideas and enhance your learning.

5. Use available resources

5. Use available resources

Many people assume that by taking an online course, you are giving up the resources that you would receive on a traditional campus. But the UW Colleges Online Student Services are committed to helping you succeed and are always available to help with anything from long-term career goals to tutoring to personal health.

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