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Five steps to success: Online class edition

It’s no secret that students either love or hate online classes. While there are many pros and cons of taking an online class, studying and keeping up with assignments can be difficult.

Here are a few tips to help improve the online class experience:

Create a study plan

It’s important that once you receive your material, to take some time and make a layout for your assignments. Within this layout, stay organized. Designate a certain amount of time to each assignment and reading so that you can comfortably learn the information you’re given. Adjust your study plan according to your knowledge of the material. Always allow wiggle room.

Manage your time effectively

This is where having a plan is useful. Once you create a study plan, you must make good use of the time you’re allowing yourself. In order to meet deadlines and be consistent, it’s important to get into a routine. Set aside a specific time to do your online assignments and be repetitive. It will result in less stress and better grades.

Use your resources

You are given readings and videos for a reason! The information you need to succeed is at your fingertips. Knowing how to use Pilot and all of its basics allows you to have a sense of familiarity when it comes to your class. Making sure you know how to check for notifications and messages from your professors is also a must. Knowing who to contact and how is important when it comes to reaching out when you have questions. Being familiar with your resources is essential when it comes to excelling in an online class.


Although an online class isn’t a lecture setting, it’s important to still take notes to retain information. If you write down material, you’re more likely to remember it. Organizing your notes in a manner than you are familiar with will make it more enjoyable to learn the provided information. This is especially helpful when watching videos; write down key points so that you don’t have to keep re-watching the material. Finding ways to take notes efficiently will make testing easier.

Remind yourself what your goal is

It’s easy to get distracted and forget why you’re taking an online class in the first place. At times, you feel as if you are teaching yourself the material, and that there’s no end. It’s crucial to remind yourself why you’re doing all the work in the first place. Set goals for yourself. Whether that’s daily or weekly, strive for greater things than simply passing an assignment. Remind yourself what the big picture looks like.