What will help me be successful with online classes? Here are 5 tips!
1. Write down why you want to take the online class.
Why? Because, when you write down why you want to take your class, it will help increase your motivation. Remembering why you want to take this class will help you stay committed. Do you want to learn new skills? Do you want to feel more confident? Do you want to renew your credential? Do you want to earn more money. Writing down your reason is much more effective than just saying it in your mind. Go ahead, and write it down now. It will only take you 10 seconds!
2. Plan times to study and write them in your calendar.
Why? Because if you have times when you are planning on studying, you will study more and be more successful.
3. Turn in your first assignment in the first or second week.
Why? Because this will help you gain momentum. You assignment does not need to be perfect, and the first assignment won't take you more than 30 minutes to complete!
4. Use a timer to study.
Why? Because when you use a timer your will feel successful. One of the nice things about an online course is that you can study in 15 or 30 minute increments. Just put the timer on for 15 minutes and commit to working for 15 minutes at a time.
5. Reward yourself.
Why? Because you should reward yourself for learning new things and working hard. What would work for you? Some students make a chart and get themselves a treat every time they turn in an assignment, or work towards one large treat at the end of the course. What type of treat? That is something only you can answer for yourself. It might be a massage, it might be going to a coffee shop and reading a book, going to a movie, or whatever would be enjoyable.
6. Have fun and collaborate!
Learning is fun. There is no reason why you need to do this alone. Take the class with a group of friends and meet at a fun coffee shop when you have your meetings. Enjoy yourself!