How to Become a Successful Online Student

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How to Become a Successful Online Student

  1. 1. Be Able to Communicate Through Writing The basis of communicating in online courses is writing. It is important for you as a student to be able to express yourself through writing. Make sure to use the proper writing skills that you use in traditional face-to-face courses. Formal writing is a must.
  2. 2. Be Self-Motivated and Self- Disciplined You are an independent learner in online courses. This means you are responsible for completing all coursework. Personal responsibility is a must! You must be in charge of your own learning. Take responsibility for one’s own learning mistakes or failures and learn from them. Complete assignments on time. Study for tests.
  3. 3. Speak up! If you need help, do not hesitate to contact your teacher or another student in the class. Check the syllabus for the teacher’s contact information and turnaround response time. If you contact a teacher and the response time has lapsed, re-contact the teacher. Keep emails and phone records as proof you asked for help. Be sure you know who to contact if the issue is technology. Do not forget about Bob Campus – the MBC help desk.
  4. 4. Discussion Board The discussion board replaces classroom discussion. Discussion boards are graded. It is important to participate early and often with meaningful posts and responses. Formal writing is necessary when participating in discussion boards.
  5. 5. Time Commitment Be willing to dedicate a substantial amount of time to completing coursework in an online class. Usually the participation time is double the amount you would spend in the classroom. Check the online course one to two times per day for discussion boards, announcements, assignments, or other changes the teacher has made to the course. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your coursework.
  6. 6. Netiquette Proper manners should always be used even when you are communicating online. Think through ideas before responding or submitting assignments. The Golden Rule applies. Treat others how you want to be treated.
  7. 7. Internet Accessibility 24/7 To be successful, you need to be able to do your coursework anyplace, anytime. Always plan ahead to make sure you have access to the Internet.
  8. 8. Good Luck!You will be a successful online student by following theprevious tips.
  9. 9. References “Personal responsibility for students.” Pleasant valley community school district. (n.d.) Retrieved from www.pleasval.k12.ia.us/studyskills/studentpersonalr esponsibility.htm “Pedagogy & learning: What makes a successful online student?” 25 March 2013. University of Illinois. Retrieved from www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/ StudentProfile.asp

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