4 Tips for Success in an Online Class

4 Tips for Success in an Online Class
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    As the internet and technology evolve, more campuses are turning to online classes.

    This is a great way for education to continue even in the face of adversity.


From creating more accessible courses to trying to maintain as much normalcy as possible in light of recent events, there’s plenty of reasons for universities to implement more online classes. While this is a wonderful solution, it can also be a major adjustment for many students.

If you find yourself taking an online class for the first time—or simply want to improve your grades throughout the last half of the semester—check out these four tips for success in an online class.

Hold Yourself Accountable

Online classes take away a lot of the social pressure to show up and do well. This means it’s entirely up to you to stay on top of your attendance and assignments.

It might be tempting to skip one or two sessions or forget a minor assignment, especially when your professor has no way of tracking attendance.

However, even these minor slips can add up by the end of the semester. It’s important to hold yourself accountable throughout the course.

Plus, by forcing yourself to show up every day—just like you would in a normal classroom setting—you can make the end of the semester grind much easier.

Make a Schedule (and Stick to It)

Part of accountability is creating a schedule for yourself. Plot out the entire semester as much as you can. Jot down due dates for projects and assignments as well as reminders for upcoming tests.

In addition to a semester-long schedule, make sure you incorporate the course into your weekly schedule. Block out time for completing assignments or studying and commit to those standards.

Sticking with a class schedule helps you take the course more seriously, which will be extremely beneficial when finals week comes around.

Create a Productive Space

One of the benefits of online courses is that you get to attend class without leaving the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, this often creates lazy habits regarding your workspace. While it might be fun to attend class in your pajamas with your favorite TV show playing in the background, it’s only going to cause you harm over time.

Make sure when you sit down to attend your online class or do your coursework, you’re doing so in a productive space. Don’t sit in bed, on the couch, or anywhere that you would otherwise spend your free time.

Instead, set up at a desk or table where you can easily spread out your materials. By dedicating a space to your productivity, you help yourself focus on your work while you’re there, making the best possible use of your time.

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Treat It as Normally as Possible

Have you noticed that a lot of these tips are things you would do in a normal class? This is because one of the best tips for success in an online class is to simply treat this class as you would any other course.

You already know some great study strategies and the best way to take notes—and even if you don’t, this is the perfect time to practice and learn. Take the academic skills you already have and tweak them to fit this new format.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your classmates or your professor if you need to—they want you to succeed as well. At the end of the day, an online course is just another opportunity for you to learn, grow, and take a step further in your academic career.

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