Online Learning Success: Tips and Tricks

By Inland Empire Success | June 17, 2024

At IE Success, our mission is to provide resources and support for college-bound individuals in the Inland Empire. This includes helping people understand their options when it comes to online education.  

Online learning is becoming more popular than ever, offering flexibility and access to education from the comfort of home. It comes with its own set of challenges, but with some handy tips and tricks, you can overcome the challenges of online learning and reach your college goals! 

Find a Workspace for Your Online Learning  

One of the first steps to succeeding in online education is to find a dedicated workspace at home. As much as possible, create a comfortable, well-lit space free from distractions. Having a designated area for studying can increase your focus and efficiency when it’s time to complete your work.  

Reliable internet access is a crucial part of your workspace. Without a good connection, you might find yourself frustrated with buffering videos and interrupted classes. If your internet is slow, talk to your family about upgrading the plan. You can also check out free Wi-Fi hotspots in your area like local libraries, community centers, or coffee shops. 

Time Management: Your Key to Success in Online Education 

Managing your time effectively is always important, but with online learning, it is essential. With the flexibility of online classes, many students procrastinate. Plus, without the routine of attending classes each week in person and seeing your teachers face-to-face, it can be easy to lose track of assignments and due dates.  

That’s why it’s important to schedule your study time and stick to it. Grab a planner or use your phone’s calendar app to block out specific times for each online class. Treat it like an in-person class—show up on time (virtually) and give it your full attention! Be sure to log in into your class pages at least twice each week to view the course calendar and read any announcements your teachers post. 

Active Learning: Don’t Be a Passive Observer 

To benefit most from your online classes, engage in active learning. Go beyond watching lectures. Instead, take notes while you watch. Pause and rewind when you need to. Jot down any questions that pop into your head as you watch. When you actively engage with the content, you’re more likely to remember it and be able to apply it later. 

Active learning also means putting what you learn to use. With online classes, the best way to do this is to participate on class discussion boards. Post your thoughts, ideas, and questions. Read what other students post. Engage in conversation. You may have an enjoyable time! 

Online and Motivated: It’s Easier than You Think 

Staying motivated in an online learning environment can be challenging, especially when you’re studying alone, but a few simple steps are all it takes to stay motivated. For instance, to keep yourself engaged, break up your work into smaller chunks and reward yourself for achieving them. This could be something simple like watching a few TikToks after completing a task or treating yourself to a favorite snack. 

Finding a study buddy can also hold you accountable and make studying more satisfying. Choose a classmate whose discussion posts you enjoy, and suggest a virtual study session on FaceTime or any other video app. You can quiz each other, discuss the material, and ask for clarification about anything you find confusing.  

Finally, remember to step away from your screen, stretch, and give your mind a chance to recharge. Take regular breaks to avoid burnout. 

Online Learning: You Can Do It! 

Success in online learning requires a different approach than in-person education. It’s different but doable. Set up a dedicated workspace, manage your time effectively, engage in active learning, and stay motivated. With these tips and your dedication, online learning can be a powerful tool to reach your college dreams. And remember, IE Success is here to support you on this journey.