As a student who juggled work, four classes and an internship I thought it would be smart to register in all online classes. I thought because the classes were online that I would never have to study because I could just use my book or my friend. Oh, was I so wrong?
I have found online classes to be more difficult than offline classes because as it turns out using your book during a test (without studying) will almost always result in a bad grade.
Whether you have taken all online classes or no online classes here are some helpful tips I used in order to pass my online class.
Reading is a must-do for online classes because it is the only way you are going to learn the information. If all you do is skim over the professor’s PowerPoints and say “I agree” on every discussion you will never pass the class; never mind, the fact that the professor will start marking down your grade for every “I agree” or “Great point.”
Discussions are a significant part of your grade in an online class (and probably the most annoying part of it). No matter how annoyingly tedious it may be, actually read your classmates’ responses. It will help you in the end.
Aside from posting your own opinion, your professor will require you to respond to two to three of your classmates – another stupid task for an online class. Make sure you provide a descriptive response to your classmates’ posts. Not only will this get you a better grade (and brownie points with the professor), but it will also help you when it comes time to take the exam.
This should be an obvious must, but I know as a busy college student I can be pretty bad at responding.
Don’t be like me. If the professor or classmate comments on your post, respond back and acknowledge it. It’s just the courteous thing to do.
Think like an opinion columnist. When they write an opinion column, their editors require that they back up their opinions with validated research and/or responses from experts on the given topic.
Make sure if you are going to offer your opinion that you back it up with great references.
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