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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

5 Mistakes Online Students Make

Today I have Heather Smith as guest blogger. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

Online courses are convenient and a great way to further any student’s education. However because of its different format, it’s easy for students to get lost in the mix. In order to be successful there are 5 mistakes students want to avoid:

Procrastinating is no stranger to the education world. Students and teachers alike are very familiar with the evil ‘p word’. Many online students believe that since they have more control on when assignments and studying are to be completed, students tend to get behind. Once a student gets one or two assignments behind, they start to put off work because they know it’s going to be more difficult. Do not procrastinate! Set enough time each day to log on and complete what is needed.
Not buying the material suggested:
Too often enough, students ignore what the teacher suggests the student needs for the course. Many think because the course is online that the actual physical textbook is not needed. Some courses may require you to get a specific software or internet speed for your computer. The best rule of thumb to follow is: to get everything your teacher suggests. If money is an issue, consider purchasing used textbooks and software programs.
Not building a relationship with peers:
Always think of your online class as a real on campus class. Just because you can’t see your fellow peers, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reach out to them for help. Create groups online with the students and get to know each other. Consider setting a Facebook group for everyone to meet on when there are projects or questions.
Not building a relationship with professor:
Forming a relationship with your online instructor is just as important as the relationship with your peers. Online courses can be difficult at times and your instructor is the number one person to contact when you start to have problems or questions. You can’t always rely on your peers for answers. Send an email to your instructor, introducing yourself, when the time comes for help the professor will remember your name, making communication easier.
Not logging on enough:
Logging in every other day is never enough, especially for that much needed letter grade. Log on daily if not twice a day. Logging in often will help you stay abreast of any new assignments and news. The more you log on, the more you will know. Even if you just log on to the course to for a minute, it counts.
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada.

She can be available at her email.

Many thanks to Heather.
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