Ways for students to become better online learners
Online Christian colleges and universities may be an appealing option for students who have been away from school for several years and are now looking to advance their education. However, just because courses are available over the internet does not mean they are easier than their on-campus counterparts. In fact, the less structured nature of some web-based classes may provide an even greater challenge.
Fortunately, there are ways for students enrolled in online Christian universities to become better online learners.
After students familiarize themselves with their online degree program, its requirements and deadlines, the most important thing they can do is get organized. If they do not have one already, students should pick up a daily planner. Once they have it, they can make note of important dates so that they are aware of what days assignments are due on and when classes end.
Similarly, students may need to work on their time management skills. Those who have been away from academia for several years often forget how long it takes to complete school assignments or prepare for tests. As a result, online learners may want to develop a weekly schedule and put aside a set amount of time for their course work. This will be especially important for those who have professional or personal obligations.
If students find they are struggling once they begin taking classes through an online Christian university, then there may be something wrong with their approach to tackling these courses. It is important for these individuals to remember that taking classes from their own homes also means they are surrounded by distractions. If students were in a classroom on campus, would the television be going in the background? Also, would they be listening to music or taking breaks to call their friend on the phone?
Part of being a good online student is having self-discipline and staying focused on the work at hand. It may be a good idea to set up a room just for schoolwork that is free of distractions. Another option is to go and work at the local library, as long as it has internet access.
In addition, if students have any questions or concerns along the way, they should not hesitate to email or call their professor for help. Just because they do not see this educator on a daily basis does not mean he or she cannot help.