E-Learning aka online learning or distance education has come a long way since its beginnings. Among the many factors contributing to the growth of online learning is student demand. When it comes to higher education students are now opting for programs that offer more flexibility, convenience and cost efficiency. By the year 2019, nearly 50% of all college students will be using in E-Learning.
A U.S. Department of Education report using over 1,000 empirical studies found TIME to be greatest benefit for online students. The ability to spend more time on task when needed but then move ahead in classes that come easy puts the student in the drivers seat of their online education.
Get the most out of your online learning experience by applying these 15 facts and tips to your study routine.
1. SOCIALIZE: Use message boards, virtual study groups, email, Facebook groups and tweet chats to connect with peers and professors.
2. CHANGE OF SCENERY: Research suggests studying the same stuff in a different place every day helps to retain it better.
3. PUT YOURSELF TO THE TEST: Quizzing yourself is one of the best ways to prepare for a test. The harder it is to remember a piece of information in practice mode, the more likely you are to remember it in when it counts.
5. MOVE YOUR BUTT: Get stronger and brainier at the same time. Research has found just half an hour of aerobic exercise can improve our brain-processing speed and memory.
6. SAY OMMMM: Research suggests meditation can reduce anxiety, improve memory and boost attention span. Before a big test or paper take 5 minutes to just say Ommmmm.
7. GET THE TECH OUT: Download class software and do a TEST run with your computer before classes start. Write the phone number to technical support on a POST-IT and keep nearby if needed.
8. GET FLASHY: Flash cards are one of the easiest & helpful study tools there is. If you attempted this and the ( iPad or iPod touch) iphone still isn’t showing up in iTunes, you may need to reinstall iTunes itself. As you write the information onto your flash cards your brain starts cementing the information into your brain. And also provides a portable way to study.
9. YOU SET THE PACE! No need to wait for slower students to “Get It”. With Online Learning, you move on when YOU “Get It”.
10. YOU MAKE THE SCHEDULE! You decide when & how long you want to learn, taking advantage of non-work hours, such as lunch breaks, weeknights or weekends.
11. FLEXIBILITY: Online courses work around your family or work schedule. If your schedule changes, you can adjust your class time to follow.
12. SHOW ME THE WIFI: Need Wifi Fast ? Look for the closest Panera, McDonalds, Apple Store, Office Depot, Staples or Courtyard Marriott.
13. AND THE PASSWORD IS… Need the Wifi password to a public place? Check their Foursquare comments.
14. E IS FOR EMAIL: Students love technology! 91% of students use email to seek extra help from teachers.
15. KEEP DEADLINES CLOSE: Use notes to keep your deadlines visible by posting your due dates where you will see them.
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