Tips for Successful Online Learning


  • Find the time of the day when you work best online. Are you most productive early in the morning, late at night, or during mid-day? Experiment, and find the time that works best for you.
  • Familiarize yourself with the online classroom setting as quickly as possible. Spend some time to learn the e-learning environment of your classes so that you can more efficiently concentrate on course content.
  • Log into the course at least once a day during the duration of the course. Students who participate consistently report a much higher level of satisfaction with the online learning experience.
  • Meet course deadlines. Students who fall behind have a more difficult time completing the course material.
  • Apply yourself. Students who don't succeed report that they viewed the online classroom as an "easy course." However, most online courses are as demanding (if not more so) than classroom courses.
  • Download and print documents that you wish to study in more depth.
  • Save your work on disks. Sometimes computers do bad things, so it is wise to back up your material.
  • Interact with the instructor. Be certain to stay in regular contact with the instructor. Ask questions. Ask for help. Offer ideas. But stay in touch with the instructor!
  • Create a classroom buddy system. Much like a regular classroom, students who team up with another student or other students succeed.
  • Create a schedule for yourself. Although course material can be done at any time of the day that you choose, many students find it best to create a standard schedule that they keep to. Utilize the course calendar or some other system so that you know when assignments are due. Staying on top of the course material will ensure that you complete the course segments in a timely fashion.
  • Be patient when you have computer or internet problems. Hit "reload" if the system is slow or if it tells you that the system is down. If web pages are still slow or down, take a break and come back later.
  • Tolerate change. Online instruction is still a relatively new field. To successfully handle the challenges inherent in online instruction, we must be willing to learn while doing.
  • Ask for help.
  • Move on to next assignment while waiting for feedback.