Self Assessment: Study Habits

Successful online students tend to:

  • Schedule specific times throughout the week for working on class assignments
  • Prepare a work space conducive to focused study
  • Create your own deadlines for the semester so assignments are completed before the actual deadline
  • Admit when you need help and then contact their instructor with your questions
  • Utilize the support services provided by the college
  • Use cloud services to store your coursework to ensure you have a backup and can work from any machine
  • Take study breaks

Even if you feel good about your study habits, you may want to review these Note Taking and Improving Study Habits tutorials before starting an online course.

Frequent misconceptions regarding online learning

Myth: Students often believe they can learn course material and complete assignments in one evening and sometimes at the last moment.

Reality: It is difficult for students to be successful in a class when they only log in once every week or two. Most students learn best when they learn smaller amounts of material, then reflect on that material before learning more. Additionally, many instructors require regular participation in online discussions a few times a week.

Myth: Students often think they can schedule completing assignments around their work or personal schedule in an online course.

Reality: The instructor requires students to complete course assignments according to a weekly schedule. In addition, online instructors often do not accept late assignments.

Myth: Students often think all questions will be answered through the course material provided online or that they can email the instructor the evening prior to assignment due dates with last minute questions.

Reality: The instructor cannot predict their students’ needs, so communication is very important. However, your instructor is not available 24/7 and may not respond to last-minute questions.

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Dr. Paul Ramp, Director


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