Quick Tips on How to Study for an Online Class

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January 30th, 2011

While one may think that studying for an online class is entirely different than studying for one at a brick-and-mortar institution, the truth of the matter is that traditional studying techniques work just as good for online exams. For example, setting a block of time to re-read notes and articles and staying on track with course readings is an excellent way to achieve success in an online course. But there are some studying techniques that are designed just for online students. Continue reading below to find out what they are.

One of the easiest ways to review material for an exam is to organize a study group. While this may seem difficult to do since the sole reason most enroll in an online class is because they need flexible schedules and can not meet at a physical building, study groups can still be created via the web. In order to do this, it’s best that you start getting to know your classmates via email and through the discussion boards and forums. Try to see if anyone would be interested in joining a study group. From there, your group can continue to chat via the discussion boards, forums, and email or you can step it up a notch and video chat with each other or exchange phone numbers. No matter your form of communication, utilize your time to quizz each other on the lessons and chapters in the book.

This next tip may not be necessarily eco-friendly but it does release some strain on your eyes. Starring at the computer screen for hours on end studying for an exam can sometimes make you tired—which can ultimately affect the amount of information that you actually absorb. So instead, give your eyes a break and print out hard copies of some of the important studying materials that can only be located online. Printing out a hardcopy of your study materials will also allow you to highlight important information and attach sticky notes where appropriate.

Lastly, it’s important that while you’re listening and viewing lectures online, that you treat it as if you were sitting in a traditional classroom setting. Meaning, write notes and jot down questions while you are listening to the lectures. These notes will help you when exam time comes and going back to find answers to your questions will also help you study. Since lectures are comprised into digital files, another good idea would be to download them on your iPod so that you can re-hear them on your drive to work in the car or while at the gym.

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