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6 Steps to Online Learning Success

With the majority of the population turning to technology for their studies, questions might arise about how to attain the most impact from learning through your computer.  Online learning comes with a multitude of benefits, from flexibility to affordability. Similar to an on-campus school, you must be self-motivated and organized to succeed. This discipline is especially relevant as an online student because you study and complete assignments on your own time, mostly unsupervised.

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Take The First Step 

It’s time to explore the program that provides your virtual classroom. The one that delivers access materials, encourages participation in class discussions, collaborates with your teachers and counselors, and grades your progress. It’s all about ensuring you have the tools you need for an impactful online experience. Here are six beneficial steps to take to help you navigate an online learning environment.

  1. Create a designated workspace. Make your study space comfortable and personalized. Do you focus better in your room with zero noise and distractions? Is it at a coffee shop or library, listening to music? The key is to ensure the environment is conducive to your learning, and check to make sure you have a reliable internet connection.
  2. Be prepared. Online learning requires organization. This planning starts with knowing what is expected of you. Before your course begins, read the syllabus and your instructor’s bio for an idea of what to expect. It’s also helpful to have your teachers’ contact information handy. Throughout the course, make sure you read all announcements, note all deadlines, participate in discussions, and complete the readings and assignments.
  3. Learn the ins and outs of the software. Once the school’s chosen software is prepared, watch a tutorial to understand your online classroom. Take advantage of all available orientations and training modules, and note where to locate resources like online libraries, databases, and video tutorials. 
  4. Create a consistent schedule. Your time management skills are essential and will improve week by week. Find a system that works best for you, one that ensures you avoid procrastinating and distractions. Establish study time rules for yourself, your family, and your friends.
  5. Take the initiative. Unlike on-campus classes, there is no sitting in the back row. Everyone participates, and it’s up to you to stay involved by engaging in online discussions with your peers and share your thoughts in a respectful, constructive manner. Use email, chat, or phone calls with your instructor and peers for any questions you may have. 
  6. Use free, helpful online resources. As an online student, you have access to numerous resources, from tutorials to webinars. For example, Khan Academy is an excellent, well-used resource on many subjects!
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Your Virtual Learning Program

We tailor your high school experience to match your end goal. As a dynamic tuition-free public school, we offer more than just another way to attend classes. We aim to provide value beyond the required credits. Whether you want to earn college credit or get your diploma on a flexible schedule, Fairborn Digital Academy is here to help you achieve your goals.