Online Learning Study Tips & Habits

Online learning isn’t the easiest transition. Not only does it take a change in learning style, but it takes a drastic change in study habits. For a lot of students, online learning requires more self-discipline, a more organized schedule, and more self-motivation. Below are a few tips to start transitioning your habits for a successful online learning environment.
  1. Dedicate specific days and times for classes. Treat this online course as if it were in person. Try to stay consistent with the day and time that you “attend” class so that your body can get adjusted to it.

  2. Find a quiet place with no distractions. This will help your brain focus more on what you are doing, which will lead to better retention.

  3. Make sure that your study space is organized. A messy desk can lead to a messy head. A Simple and organized space will keep your mind more focused and less scattered.

  4. Never study more than 3 hours straight without a break. Study for 3 hours at most, then take a 30-minute break. If needed, feel free to take 10 minutes between each hour to refresh yourself.

  5. Do not forget to actively take notes. When you are actively taking notes, you are also ensuring that you are paying close attention. When you physically write out your notes, the retention rate is higher.

  6. Make sure that you are mentally engaged. If you are not engaged in the material, you will not learn anything. If you find that you keep zoning out, walk away for a few and come back to it when you are mentally prepared. Online learning can take a toll on your brain, so make sure that you are mentally aware and ready to begin.

  7. Connect with others. It is easy to feel lost and alone in an online course. Talking to other students can keep you both motivated and accountable. Reach out to other students via discussion boards or even messages through Canvas. Sometimes it is necessary to collaborate with other students in order to completely comprehend the course material. Students learn from one another and the only way to do so is by reaching out and connecting with your peers.

  8. If you find that you are struggling with course material, it’s okay. When you are no longer in the normal classroom environment, you aren’t able to ask questions or talk to the professor after class. Do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it. CU Denver has a place called the “Learning Resources Center” which provides tutoring free of charge to all fee-paying students. There are a variety of different tutoring options so you can choose what works best for you. If you find yourself needing help with study skills, procrastination, time management, note-taking, or even test anxiety, we also offer study skills workshops for these topics.

Check out our website for more details at the Learning Resources Center.

By Hailey Murphy, Senior Office Staff

For more information please visit the Learning Resources Center site.

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