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Student Resources for Online Study

written by: Sonal Panse•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 5/31/2010

This article takes a peek at some student resources for online study. Aside from selecting a course that fits in with your interest, proper time management and the right amount motivation are necessary for making a success of an online study program. Your learning style also matters in the long run.

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    Online Study Resources

    Online study is an excellent educational choice for people who are unable to attend full-time courses for a variety of personal and professional reasons. This type of learning can be done from any location, and there are no time restraints. Lessons and lectures can be reviewed at any time online, multimedia materials make learning fun, and researching topics is an easy matter.

    On the other hand, students have none of the regular props provided by peers and professors on a day to day basis in a regular institution. Online students must learn to depend on themselves and get through the program on their own. This is often easier said than done.

    Let's take a look at some helpful student resources for online study.

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    Online Study Help: Student Resources - Learning Program

    • Know what you want to learn and for what purpose.
    • Research accredited online colleges offering the program you are interested in, and find out about their application requirements.
    • Find out about tuition fees and financial aid.
    • Gather all required transcripts, certificates, passport-sized photographs, and send in your completed application form on the dot.
    • Understand what is required in the study program and how it will be conducted.
    • Make sure you have the necessary computer equipment and software.
    • Inquire about course schedule, and purchase the necessary study and reference materials.
    • Watch the lecture videos, live and/or taped, and participate in study seminars.
    • Follow and participate in online study discussions with the other students and the instructor.
    • Learn how to research, examine, and analyze a topic.
    • Practise making spoken presentations using various online software tools.
    • Complete essays, papers, and other scheduled assignments, and turn them in on time.
    • Note the type of feedback you get for your work, and gauge if you need to put in more effort.
    • If you find any part of the course hard to comprehend, make sure you inform the instructor, and have him or her explain it to you in finer detail.
    • Try to stay in regular contact with the instructor via email, text messaging, and phone.
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    Online Study Help: Student Resources - Time Management

    • Lack of effective time management is one of the main issues plaguing many online students. This can be countered by chalking out a definite study schedule and sticking to it come rain or shine.
    • Create a task list according to work priority, and get the things done in the order of their importance.
    • Breaking tasks into small do-able units can help keep procrastination at bay.
    • Working diligently with a definite schedule will develop some solid self-discipline, get the work done, and save you from unnecessary stress and anxiety.
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    Online Study Help: Student Resources - Motivation

    • Being motivated is an another important factor in online study. Much of online study, as mentioned, is independent in nature. Your mother or your spouse may egg you on from time to time, but most of the motivation needs to come from an internal source. If you are studying something that really interests you and if it is going to help you achieve a few long-planned goals, then staying motivated can be a breeze.
    • On the 'down' days, try to motivate yourself by changing your usual study pattern. Work in a different room or out in the garden. Put on your favorite music in the background as you study. Try working with an online friend. Close the laptop, and write your notes on paper. Go for a short walk, and come back refreshed. Promise yourself a little reward so you have something to look forward to in the wake of a difficult project.
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    Online Study Help: Student Resources - Learning Styles

    • The correct learning method can make a great difference in how much you understand and retain. Learning methods vary from person to person.
    • Do you learn better by memorizing, reading aloud, repeating, reviewing, taking notes, analyzing, evaluating, or interpreting?
    • Do you prefer to study on your own or with other people in an offline/online group?
    • Do you understand what you've learned at once, or do you need to process it?
    • Does discussing the new material with peers or the instructor make it easier for you to understand?
    • Do audio and visual materials facilitate the online learning process for you?
    • Do you prefer to attend an online lecture or to carry out study research on your own?
    • Find out which learning methods work for you and which don't. Knowing how you learn can help you build your strengths and minimize your weak points.