Canadian Online College | 5 Success Tips

Key skill assessment: communication
Key skill assessment: communication (Photo credit: howard_riches)

You will need to put in some hard work over the next year.  Online college classes are no easier than going to a bricks and mortar college.  In fact, they have some new challenges that you will need to meet and overcome.

Individual Learning is Challenging

One of the most challenging parts of going to an online college is that you will need to be responsible for your own learning.  You will not have an instructor monitoring your progress every single day.  You will have to keep track of assignments and organize your time so that you are able to get enough studying in to do well in your courses.  You will need to make sure you have time to study for tests and you will have to do it all while still living your everyday life.  That might mean being the head of a household or working a full-time job or even just finding time to spend with friends.

Success Tips for Those Enrolled in a Canadian College Online

Here are 5 tips you can put to use from the beginning of your course to ensure that you are success at your online college career:

  1. Be optimistic.  Studies have found that optimistic people have more success in whatever they choose to do that those who look on the downside of things.  You need to believe that you can do well.  You need to have faith in your abilities.  Take some time daily to review your successes (both academic and otherwise) to remind yourself that you can do a good job as a college student.  If you have a hard time coming up with things you have been successful at, ask other people.  Others can often see the things you are good at before you can.  You might want to tape a list of your successes on your bulletin board if you have an office where you study or on the inside of your binder where you keep all your notes.
  2. Concentrate.  When it is time to get down to work make sure that you give yourself a place to work where you can concentrate.  Environment is important.  If you are studying from your bed you are less likely to focus than if you are sitting at a desk or at least upright in a chair.  Televisions, radios, and the noise of children can be distracting so try to find a place where you can eliminate those noises.  If you are working online, keep windows with distractions like Facebook or chat applets closed.  If you have a hard time resisting them, there are add ons and extensions for every browser that will force you to close them for certain time periods.  These can be very handy for those who are active online.
  3. Learn to schedule your time and stick to it.  Scheduling time to study can be one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself when you have a lot to do.  If you are working or have a family or have any other kinds of time commitments you can schedule time for everything you need to get done.  When it is time to study, be consistent.  Be ready to tell people when you are busy at that time and stick to it.  Our brains like it when we do the same things at the same time of each day so try to keep your study time regular.  Figure out when your brain is most active as that will be the best time to retain information.
  4. Watch out for the procrastination monster!  Once we start procrastinating on doing something it gets easier and easier to push it to the back of our minds.  Never assume that you can do your studying later in the day or tomorrow because you never know what will be happening then.  Stick to your plan as much as possible.
  5. Take advantage of times that you have access to an instructor.  Most of the time, when you are taking a Canadian college online course, you have pre-defined times when the instructor is available for one on one conversations or you may have online webinar style classes where you can have conversations with your teacher and your classmates.  Prepare questions as you study and have them ready when these instructor-available times happen so that you can have important questions answered.