How to Pass Online Classes

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Ensure that you understand the time commitment and self-motivation required to pass your online classes by reading the helpful tips below. Then explore some useful resources that will help you succeed in online learning.

Tips for Passing Online Classes

Online courses are a popular avenue for learning as they offer flexibility and convenience. However, just because you don't have to physically attend the class or have face-time with the instructor doesn't mean these courses are any less time consuming or challenging. Practicing effective time management and note-taking skills, as well as making sure that you know how to work through distractions and participate in online discussions can help ensure you pass an online course.

Manage Time Wisely

Keeping track of assignment and project deadlines is essential when taking online courses. To ensure you allow enough time to complete assignments and essays, create a schedule based on the due dates listed on the course syllabus. Mark the due dates on your schedule, including later upcoming assignments and project. This way, you have a heads up to begin researching and prepping. Use the helpful strategies in this Time Management: Doing More in Less Time lesson to prioritize your schedule.

Take Notes and Study

Dedicating the appropriate amount of study time per credit hour for online classes can determine how well you succeed in a class. Allow enough time to read the lectures, take notes, study and complete assignments. Try taking notes by hand or on a computer to find which method works best for you. Strengthen your study and note-taking skills by practicing the activities in this Study Skills for College Success resource.

Minimize Distractions

Online courses are convenient and give you the opportunity to learn from the comfort of your home. However, online learning requires you to be able to stay focused and not be distracted by loud roommates, your vibrating cell phone or the latest episode of your favorite TV show. If distractions can't be avoided at home, use the library. Just remember that your computer can also be a distraction if you're checking social media instead of focusing on your course.

Participate in Group Discussion Boards

Whether or not participation is required for your online class, conversing with your peers through the class discussion board can create a sense of community, thus removing the sense of isolation that comes with online learning. You can ask questions, get ideas and discuss relevant topics. Learn how to prepare for and contribute to discussions using this How to Contribute to a Discussion lesson.

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