Different students define ‘success’ in different ways. To some students ‘success’ means attaining nothing less than an A, while to other students passing the course with a C might be considered a great achievement. No matter your personal definition of ‘success’, there are various ways in which you can ensure that you are on the right track to succeed in your online courses:
- Make sure that your learning objectives align with the lecturer’s goals and objectives for the course.
- Online learning requires self-motivation. Take some time to develop habits that work for you, specifically when it comes to time management and study practices.
- Know how you will be assessed – tailor your learning to the way you will be assessed, allowing for more efficiency and effectiveness.
- Don’t procrastinate – familiarise yourself with your assignments and get started on the work as soon as possible. Starting early on your tasks will ensure that you have time to study properly, submit assignments on time and succeed in your online courses.
- Engage! Don’t disengage simply because it is online learning. Interact with your classmates and lecturer as though you are in class to gain the ultimate benefits.
- Connect with peers and team up for group assessments, stay in touch, and help each other with proof-reading, tips and exchange of resources.
- Reward yourself when you achieve your set targets – it keeps you positive and motivated.
- If you are unable to meet a deadline, make sure to communicate with your lecturer as soon as possible – they will be more likely to work with you if you are upfront about your challenges.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – both lecturers and students at UKZN are facing many challenges in the current transition to online learning, and it’s more than likely that you aren’t the only one facing a multitude of adjustment issues.