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How to be a good student in online class?

Apr 21, 2020

STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR CLASSMATES.

Just because you’re taking your classes online doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a sense of community with your fellow students and faculty. In fact, staying connected can help reduce stress and keep you motivated. You can create a virtual study group, by using Skype, Google Hangouts or other online chat programs. If you don’t have an integrated webcam, there are many low-cost devices you can purchase to connect to your computer or laptop. Outside of your blocked study time, video conferencing can also serve as an outlet to stay “social” even from a distance. Doing so can help you to feel connected and less isolated.


REACH OUT TO PROFESSORS AND ADVISORS.

Remember that although you are learning remotely, you should still have access to your professors and student support advisors. Find out their office hours and schedule time to meet virtually if and when needed. Your teachers are there to help you succeed, especially in uncertain times like these. Although many faculty members are well versed in teaching online classes, some may not be. They too, may be facing obstacles as they adapt to a new way of teaching. Either way, your teachers and advisors are there to help you along the way. Don’t be shy about reaching out for support when you need it.


UTILIZE ONLINE RESOURCES.

Many schools, like DeVry University, are experienced in designing online courses and may already have a robust offering of online resources to assist you on your education journey. Resources can vary by school, however, some services to ask about include: online tutoring services, digital library services, online IT support, supplemental learning courses, online communities and career services to name a few.  Some colleges may even offer counseling services to students and their families. Take advantage of what your institution offers.


KEEP CALM AND STAY POSITIVE.

It's important to keep in mind that your interim situation won't last forever. As you find your footing in a new online learning environment, keep calm, ask for help when needed, celebrate small victories, contribute to your online community and stay focused on your end-goal. You’ve got this.

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