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Tips to Improve the Online Learning Experience

written by: •edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 12/2/2009

Online learning can be very beneficial, although it can be challenging. Use these suggestions to improve the online learning experience and help you stay productive to bring forth rewards. It is also wise to avoid engaging in certain practices or bad habits.

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    False Perceptions of Online Learning

    Online learning programs are spreading across the nation. The opportunity to further education via the internet has become popular as many learners decide that online learning is convenient. Online education is often perceived as being easier, but this is often not the case. Online learning can be very beneficial, although it can be challenging. Many students find that their perceptions of online learning are false once school actually begins. How can you make the most of your online learning experience? That is a popular question. Let’s go over some suggestions to improve the online learning experience that you are seeking.

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    Some Key Tips to Being Successful in Online Courses

    Keep in mind that your online learning experience is not taking place in a physical classroom setting. This makes being familiar with computers, the internet, software, and typing important. The more comfortable you get with these prior to beginning your online courses, the less difficult it will be to begin completing assignments by the deadline. It is also a needed practice to review all policies, online learning material, media presentations, and the syllabus prior to the first day of class. If possible, important materials such as the syllabus and assignment calendar should be printed for you to have a copy for your own records. This is also helpful if the distance education provider’s system shuts down; you will still have access to what you can begin working on. Follow the assignment calendar, but make it a point to read the selected reading a few days ahead of the assignments due date for that particular week. It is best to proceed with completing assignments soon after reading, as the knowledge is still fresh in your head. If an assignment is read in advance and you are not completely clear as of what is expected of you, contact your instructor for further clarification. Also, keep the contact information for instructors and advisors handy. You never know when you may really need it!

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    What to Avoid During Your Online Learning Experience

    Do your best to avoid getting behind in your courses. If you wait too long to approach assignments or access tests, you won’t have enough time to ask questions if you need to. Surely stay away from turning in assignments late, unless you have an emergency. If this is the case, the course instructor or school advisor should be contacted immediately for notification. Try not to use software programs that are not yet approved by the online learning provider. This could create some technical issues with uploading and the proper view of your submitted assignments. Contact your instructor(s) before assuming. Such may result in point deduction or a lower grade.

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    Staying Productive During Your Online Learning Experience Can Be Rewarding

    Those that manage to stay on track with submitting assignments, and following along with the appropriate readings have a possibility of scoring higher on quizzes and exams. The result of staying on task in courses, reading materials, and studying for quizzes makes your chances of being in good academic standing more realistic. Dedication, hard work, determination, and motivation can assist you with keeping a good grade record as you drift closer to reaching your educational goals.

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