Whether you're in high school, college, or a career, you are more and more likely to encounter online learning at some point. Online learning offers some great advantages, like being able to learn anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. It also comes with a few challenges. These can be overcome by developing your online learning skills. Here are a few pointers:
- Take your online class seriously. It's common for us to start procrastinating or multitasking when we have the opportunity to study online. If possible, try to find a place to study where you won't be easily distracted. Do your best to avoid looking at other websites or apps on your phone while you're studying. Sometimes, setting a timer for a realistic amount of time can help you stay accountable, and focus on what you need to get done for class.
- Learn to manage your time. Try using an online calendar or written planner to create a schedule and to-do lists for yourself. Do your best to plan ahead for deadlines, tests, and assignments.
- Find the study strategies that work best for you. Some people like to listen to music when they study; for others, it's too distracting. There's no wrong way to learn online; you just need to find the environment and other strategies that fit best with your unique personality and living situation.
- Participate! If you're in a class on LabXchange, take advantage of the discussion forum to ask questions and share your perspective. You can also send a message to your teacher. On LabXchange, there are also teachers and researchers who are available as mentors. You can request their mentorship if you have questions to ask about their career path, and they can share content with you that will help you with your own interests and goals.