Online learning usually offers a different kind of experience for students and employees who are moving from the traditional route. This is because it allows people to acquire new skills and knowledge to advance their careers in a more convenient way, as opposed to the rigor and tight schedule of on-site education. However, the extra freedom you enjoy when taking an online course doesn’t mean you should fold your arms and expect magic to happen. In order to excel, you need to be very serious in managing your time and staying motivated. In fact, online education demands more discipline than the regular on-campus learning you are probably already familiar with. This is why studying hard is a must for participants, especially when there’s a test or exam in view. Although their learning environments differ, both online learning and traditional classroom education basically require a lot of commitment from students. In fact, the level of commitment is expected to be more in online learning. And it’s not difficult to see why. The mere fact that you’re going to be working on your own most of the time means you will have to do more work in order to get the kind of result you desire. This is it’s extremely important to know how to study well for your online tests and exams. Studying this way will not only help you achieve better results but also improve your learning experience? Below are some studying tips you need to consider if you want to perform better in your next online test. •
It all starts with a study timetable. Studying for an online test is basically the same as studying for an in-person test. To excel in both situations, you need to organize your reading. So setting up a study routine online and keeping to it is the first and probably the most important part of preparing for an online test or exam. You should be able to do this very early into the course in order to cover the course content on time. In this case, you might want to use a week planner. At least, you should be able to study five days per work dedicating a minimum of six hours. Don’t wait till a few days to your tests before you start doing something. You should be able to take your studies very serious even though no one is there to decide things for you. There fact that you are given the freedom to plan your own studying timetable should be used to your own advantage. Don’t become complacent because of the convenience. Develop a study plan to fits with your routine and stick to it. •
The importance of motivation in online learning cannot be overemphasized. Many students make the mistake of thinking that because they are given a lot of freedom in an online course; everything should be a work over. They think that online programs are less challenging than their traditional counterparts. Unfortunately, most of these students only discover the truth a little late. If you don’t want to fail, then you must take things seriously. Don’t let anyone deceive you; online courses are just as challenging as on-campus courses. In fact, the course content is not different in most cases, so you should expect to cover just as much as regular day students in the university. The only way to get through would be to apply a lot of seriousness. You need a lot of motivation to scale through the difficult days. You need to constantly remind yourself of what you could achieve by completing the course, drawing inspiration from the lives of those who have gone ahead of you. A huge dose of motivation will enable you to get more done in less time. So find your inspiration and get on to work. There are some days you are likely going to feel more motivated, try to study more on such days. •
When registering for an online course, you will be provided with various materials to use for the course. Most of the time, this might be more than what you actually need. It is advisable to focus on the course material when studying for your exams or working out your assignments. Remember, you have a limited study time, so make optimum use of it. Don’t skip certain activities (especially those designed for self-assessment) just because they are not graded. Those skipped videos might contain some useful information you will need when writing your exam. You might also want to dedicate some time looking up a few things online. Usually some online resources will be provided; try to find out if they contain something you may need for the exam. Explore as much as you can. It’s better to read and be overly prepared for the exam (if there’s even such a thing) than for you to be very little upstairs. In fact, the reason why online exam is nerve-wrecking for some students is because they failed to prepare. As a result, it’s very difficult for them to stay calm and composed. •
This helps a great deal. It’s not enough to just study; it’s also important to examine yourself to see if you’ve studied has been well assimilated. In other words, you want to develop a revision technique. This will greatly help to improve the way you retain things. The revision strategy should be something that really works for you. It could be based on quizzes, flashcard notes, color highlighters, or any other thing. The most important thing is for it to be effective in trying you memory for information and helping to reinforce what you already know. •
You may also decide to study in online groups. This will get you exposed to what others are doing and see if there’s anything you can learn from them. Online learning doesn’t have to be isolated. Apart from the fun of meeting people from different backgrounds and origins, engaging fellow students online can help you learn some things which may prove useful for your exam preparation. Let us know if you have any more suggestions or questions.