The Internet is more than a research tool — it can also be a virtual classroom that helps you expand your experience and add credentials to your resume.
Best: You can take online classes from any place with Internet access, making them much more convenient than traditional courses.
Reality: But online courses aren’t necessarily easier or less time consuming than traditional ones. Many people don’t realize that online classes still come with lectures, reading materials, and lengthy assignments.
While many people will thrive in an online classroom environment, disorganization and procrastination could destroy your chances for success. Try these tips to help you stay on task:
Dedicate A Workspace
The problem with online courses is that you can attend from your desk or your living room couch.
Good idea: Rather than working from random spots, designate a work area that you will use during every class. Make sure that you choose a quiet, neat space that will help you remain focused.
Know How You’ll Take Notes
Online courses are notoriously tough and the last thing you need is to worry about where you stored last week’s notes.
Try this: You might prefer typing directly into a word processing system, but you’ll waste time toggling back and forth. In this instance, you’re better off using paper and pen to jot down information.
Bonus: This way, you can study your notes even when you’re away from your computer.
Set Up A System
As with any independent work, you need to establish an organizational system quickly that will work for you and keep you focused.
Example: Write all important course dates — such as when you’ll take an online quiz or turn in an assignment — on a calendar that you keep with your notes. You should also print out any key information, such as your professor’s contact information.