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Online Learning Tips

Online learning is such a valuable tool, offering flexibility for those juggling work, family, and school.

Now, during this time of social distancing, we are even more grateful to be able to provide an online learning environment that allows our students to continue their studies with minimal interruption.

Follow these tips to ensure you make the most of your online learning experience!

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Tips for taking online classes

If you are not accustomed to online classes, you may find it challenging at first, but all it takes is a little preparation, and you’ll be on your way!

  1. Exercise discipline. Recognize that online courses are “real” courses. Show up to class on time and treat the class like a face-to-face course. Your instructor has invested time in your learning, so be respectful.
  2. Structure your time. Flexibility is a big advantage with online classes, but it requires time management.

    • Refer to your course syllabus and add major assignments to your calendar. For large assignments, schedule out several blocks of time to complete your projects on schedule.
    • Make sure to keep your calendar updated – use one that you check regularly. Some of us get so busy that we don’t take time to check our calendars! Make a practice of checking first thing every morning so you don’t miss important assignments and deadlines.
  3. Set goals and be accountable. It’s great to have a professor giving us nudges, but take charge, set reminders and do a self-check-in on how you’re doing with time management and completing assignments. Find a classmate and become digital accountability partners.
  4. Create a good study environment. If your family congregates in the living room, set up a spot in your bedroom, free from distractions, noise, and clutter. Turn off your cell phone and stay away from social media during your school time.
  5. Timing. If you have flexibility with class scheduling, do your classes during a time when you will be most receptive. Mornings can be great before the distractions of the day set in.
  6. Maintain social distance, but connect online. Facetime or Skype with classmates to keep that class connection intact and work collectively on projects, if possible.
  7. Use online resources! CFCC online resources are here for you, whether you’re on campus or learning remotely. Or check out these strategies for online learning from NC state.
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