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What does it take to be a successful online learner?
  • A proactive, self-motivated learning style
  • Good time management skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • High-speed internet connection


Here are some tips:

Get your tech in order: In order to ensure you are successful and can participate fully in your online course, you need regular access to a computer that meets minimum technical requirements. It is also a good idea to have a backup plan in case your technology fails. Know where you might access wi-fi if your connection at home fails. For example, a café or local public library.

Establish good study habits and stick to them: Dedicate time each week to participate, study, and complete course work online. An online education, offers flexibility but it requires discipline and strong time management skills. Be mindful of deadlines and other commitments when setting aside time for your course(s).

Interact with your classmates: Share your perspective and experience with others, so that you can enhance course topics. Participation demonstrates your mastery of the subject matter and promotes community with your peers who play an important role in your educational growth.

Stay engaged: Stay engaged with your lessons, instructors, and classmates. You may not have a lot of time to devote to school work each day, but make a habit of checking-in on a regular basis to look at new content, discussion posts, announcements, etc. Over time, this will help you create a routine, manage the workload, and get the most out of online learning.

Raise questions as they arise: Don't wait until an assignment is due or past due to ask questions, report technical problems, misunderstandings, or other barriers to completing course work on time. Remember that your instructor does not have the benefit of seeing your body language or fielding your questions in real-time. If a problem or question arises, speak up immediately.

Apply your knowledge: Apply skills and concepts you learn to activities, problems, or processes in your professional setting. Knowledge and skill-building is most powerful when you apply them to situations in your own life.


Adapted from Emmanuel College, Prepare students for Online Learning