The most common reason why students do not do well in an online course is because they do not develop a plan for successful time management and task completion. If the following statements apply to you, you have a good chance at doing well in the online environment.
- You are self-motivated and self-disciplined - You are the primary person responsible for your own success and act accordingly in your priority setting and decision-making.
- You are not afraid of doing things on the computer - Your online class may require you to be comfortable using email, an Internet browser and a word processor. You may also need to put in some extra effort and time to increase your own technical skills.
- You know how to get support from people around you when you need it - This may include having a parent/guardian or your friends helping you stay on-track with your course work and inviting them to visit your course site. Throughout the course, keep them informed of events, assignments and other course requirements.
- You schedule regular work sessions for yourself - You plan a regular weekly schedule for accessing your course site and completing course requirements.
- You want to participate as much as possible - Since you won't be face-to-face for most class interaction, it is important that you contribute to online discussion boards or emails for online involvement.
- You maintain open communication with your instructor/facilitator - Contact the instructor and/or facilitator with any questions, with any difficulty accessing the course or materials, or understanding your responsibilities or assignments.
- You are willing to share your own experiences and listen to others - Your insights about course topics and discussions may be the catalyst for someone else to learn something new.
- You take time to think ideas through before responding - You treat the communications opportunities in your course with the seriousness that they deserve, since meaningful and quality input from all participants in the online classroom is a necessary part of the learning process and benefits everyone.