With technology’s great impact on education, there has been a tremendous rise in the number of online students. But what makes one successful is why we’re writing here today. We want to discuss the qualities of a great online student, so that you can be one, too.
Have excellent skills in technology
Of course, the first thing an online student must do is to be well-versed with technology. With the recent developments, you must be able to adopt and learn the latest trends in order to effectively use them in your learning process. Moreover, it offers different venues to have a teacher-student interaction aside from the university’s online learning system. In the United Kingdom, O2 has released the O2 Learn, a free video library app where teachers give their lessons and revision tips online. This becomes a great avenue for them to learn outside their classroom.
Be motivated to learn
To be highly motivated, you should start loving the art of learning. In an online classroom, no one stands as an authoritative figure but yourself. As part of the motivation process, one technique you can use is setting and tracking attainable goals. It’s best to keep a checklist of lessons you’ve accomplished to keep yourself motivated daily.
Communicate effectively and intellectually
Although your instructors are not physically there to supervise you, they are able to do their best to effectively communicate with you in order for you to get your lessons easier. According to a study, having a mutual communication between a student and a teacher in an online environment greatly impacts learners’ organization, rapport, and satisfaction.
Aside from your instructor, you can also communicate with other online students online. In this way, you will feel more involved in the class. From your circle, you can share all your thoughts and goals on a specific course. On top of all, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Time management is everything
Having an organized time table will make your e-learning life better, especially when your things pile up at the last minute. This will also teach you to be diligent in meeting deadlines. Be reminded of a specific task by simply plotting them on a calendar. For some, managing time is a bit complex since there is no specific formula to follow. It only depends on your situation and the ability to pick the best style that works for you.
Develop critical thinking skills
Just like in a classroom set up, you need to have a strong critical thinking to pass a certain course, same goes for e-classroom setting. You must learn how to build questions and knowledge based on what you have learned. It will be beneficial as you take more difficult courses where there are more critical thinking abilities required.
Enrolling in an online course isn’t just about finishing and getting that printed certificate. It’s about you being more responsible in having a balance between learning and your personal life. These will come handy when it’s time to pursue a career in the latter part. What other tips can you share to other online students? Share them with us.
Reece is a Tech Ed enthusiast and freelance writer and based in London. She loves to try educational and gaming apps and when not busy playing with the little ones, Reese can also be found writing about the latest gadgets and tech news. She also regularly contributes to TechieDoodlers.com. You can also find her on Google + https://plus.google.com/u/0/114102149816531624923/posts