Welcome to Distance Learning for second, third, fourth, and fifth grades!! First, let's look at what it takes to be a successful online learner.
What Makes a Successful Online Learner?
Two key advantages of online learning are flexibility and convenience. But online learning is a lot more challenging than it may seem.
First, make sure you're ready to succeed. In reality, online courses require just as much, if not more, time and energy as traditional classroom courses. It also requires specific computer skills and learning strategies in order to succeed.
To see if you're ready, see how many items of the following skills you have:
Persistence is perhaps the biggest key to success in online learning. Students who succeed are those who are willing to tolerate technical problems, seek help when needed, work daily on every class, and persist through challenges.
- When you run into a challenge, keep trying and ask for help.
- Set up a manageable study schedule for yourself and stick to it. Students who succeed are those who log in and make progress every day.
2. Effective Time-Management Skills
You must be able to manage your time well.
Effective time-management skills don't just happen. They have to be learned. Once you do, they will benefit you throughout your life. Follow the tips below to develop yours:
- Review the work for each of your classes. Develop a long-term plan for completing your major assignments.
- Make a daily "To Do" list. Have fun checking things off the list as you complete them.
It takes time to develop good habits, but you'll gain satisfaction from being well-organized and accomplishing your tasks.
3. Effective and Appropriate Communication Skills
Communication skills are vital in online learning because students must seek help when they need it. Teachers are willing to help students, but they are unable to pick up on non-verbal cues, such as a look of confusion on a student's face. Follow these tips:
Use the tools provided by the school to communicate with your teachers. You will be able to email your teacher, call her between the hours of 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., and she will be calling you once a week to check in with you.
Use appropriate style and language for school. When communicating with teachers and other staff, you should write in full, grammatically correct sentences and with a respectful tone.
Because of the distance, it's tempting for some students to say things out of anger or frustration that they would never say to a teacher in person. Online teachers are professionals. Treat them with respect and courtesy.
4. Basic Technical Skills
Online learners need basic technical skills to succeed. These include the ability to create new documents, use a word processing program, and navigate the Internet.
5. Reading and Writing Skills
Reading and writing are the main ways you'll communicate in an online class. You should be comfortable reading a lot of documents on a computer screen and able to type.
Some tests and quizzes have multiple choice questions, but many of your assignments will involve writing short or long answers.
6. Motivation and Independence
To be successful, an online student has to want to succeed. Online learning requires independence, internal motivation, responsibility, and a certain level of maturity.
7. A Good Study Environment
Another critical component of academic success is a good study environment.
- Get some peace and quiet. You will need a quiet place to work without distractions from things like television, family, or roommates.
- Set up good lighting and comfortable seating. Lighting in the room should be at least as bright as the computer screen to avoid eye strain.
Source: Minnesota Online High School and Minnesota Department of Education