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Succeeding in Online Courses and Programs

written by: •edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 9/27/2011

Taking online programs gives people, often, a false sense of freedom. Online students tend to struggle more when it comes to completing assignments. With no, or few, face to face interactions with professors and peers, it can be too easy for an online student to procrastinate or perform poorly.

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    The Potential Pitfalls

    Learn some of the best-practices for online learning There are some sharp differences in the experiences of taking a traditional course and taking an online course. Students enrolled in traditional courses interact with peers in a manner that requires them to adhere to classroom rules. Students in online courses feel comfortable with the sense of anonymity they receive, and thus may say things they wouldn't say if they were face to face with the instructor or classmates.

    In a traditional course, there is a greater sense of accountability, since students have to face the professor and classmates when they do not complete an assignment. There is more structure provided in traditional courses.

    In the online courses, a lot of the time, there is a free-form structure - where students are required to produce x amount of work by y date. Because of this, it's easy to fall behind, become overwhelmed, and perform poorly in such courses.

    All the pitfalls of online learning set aside, an individual with the proper motivation and discipline can fare quite well with an online format course. Because there are so many things to keep in mind when it comes to excelling in online courses, we've written a lot on this topic.

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    The Benefits of Engaging in Online Learning Methods

    What sorts of things do online students bring to the table? How can taking online courses better prepare you for the work world? Learn how studying your courses online can help you to drive your career forward, expose you to a variety of people, and prepare you for the kind of innovative and independent thought companies are looking for.

    The Disadvantages of Your Online Course Schedule

    As with any endeavor, there are benefits and drawbacks to online learning. What are the stumbling blocks online learners can expect to run into? What kinds of problems can an online learner have? What pitfalls should you be aware of - and how can you determine whether you've got what it takes to succeed in an online class?

    Succeed in Your Online Education Goals with This Checklist

    What questions do you need to ask yourself before you start the online course of study? What are your potentially weak areas? How can you combat these areas by being aware of your own personal limitations? By investing time in your self-assessment before you begin to take an online course, you can increase the likelihood you will succeed and excel in your course of study.

    What to Expect from Your Online College Course

    What can you expect from your online college course when it comes to what you will learn, what you will be asked to do, and what you will experience in terms of conduct? How can you prepare yourself for such things? There are many great lessons to learn; perhaps the most important lesson is that you have to be more not less organized in an online course than in a traditional course.

    What Sorts of Technology and Online Applications Will an Online Course Use?

    One of the difficulties some students who are not tech savvy have is navigating the technology used in online courses. By previewing what you will be expected to learn how to use and the various platforms that are used for delivering course content through the web, you can increase the likelihood that you will sail along smoothly when it comes to using the technology involved in your online course.

    Preparing Yourself Using Online Open Courses for Your Online Learning Experience

    It seems kind of funny to think about learning in order to learn, but in today's technological environment, it's important to make sure that you understand what's going on. Also, no matter what topic or discipline you hope to focus on, chances are, you can brush up and learn introductory level material that will help you to learn more in the long run.

    Practice Good Etiquette in Your Online Courses

    Do you know what's appropriate and what's not appropriate in your online courses? Make sure you know the proper way to conduct yourself for success in your classes. Topics covered include friendliness, using proper language, and conducting yourself in a professional manner. Make sure you're always putting your best foot forward in your online learning experience.

    Practicing the Kind of Time Management You Need for Success in Online Learning

    How can you make time to make your schoolwork happen? Learn why you need to make schoolwork a priority in your life when it comes to enrolling in online courses. You can't just wait until the day before things are due or the night before a quiz to get things done. Find tips and techniques for successful time management.

    Tips for Learning Online When You're an English Language Learner

    One of the great things about online and distance learning programs becoming globally available is that they allow for access to learning resources and education to areas of the world that might otherwise not have such access. However, ELL learners have unique needs that are not answered in general discourse about tips. Learn how you can take advantage of your educational experience and what you need to do to maximize your experience as an ELL.

    Learn about Why Your Professors Will Ask You to Do Peer Reviews in Your Online Learning Experience

    When you're in an online course, you're often asked to review and comment on the work completed by your peers. What purpose do these interactions serve and how can you make the most of the experience? Learn about what's necessary for success in your online learning experience and how to maximize peer interactions.

    Tips for Reinforcing the Knowledge Gathered from Your Online Learning Experience

    It's not enough to attend your weekly online chats or read through the bulletin boards for your online course. If you want to make sure you not only learn, but also retain the information you take in from your online courses, it will be important for you to perform some extra tasks. Learn how to maximize your online learning experience so that you will be able to meet your goals.

    Funding Your Online Learning Experience with Grants and Tuition Reimbursement

    Finally, learning online can be expensive. Learn about ways to fund your online learning experience that don't have to be paid back. Believe it or not, you can qualify for grants to help you go back to school. Lighten the debt burden you will have when you graduate by applying for grants, scholarships, and reimbursements that apply to your situation.

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    It is very much possible to succeed and thrive in an online learning environment. You get out of your education what you put into it. By taking the time to read about strategies to increase your productivity in this unique environment, you will increase the likelihood for success.

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