Six Strategies for Success in Online Courses
Taking online courses is a new experience for many students. You have a lot of flexibility in where and when you do your coursework. However, you'll have to create the structure of face-to-face learning on your own.
Here are our tips to help you develop the skills needed for online learning.
Treat Online Courses the Same as In-Person Courses
Online courses have the same academic expectations as face-to-face courses. It is up to you to decide when you are going to sit down and work, and then have the dedication to follow through. This is the biggest challenge we all face when working from home.
One of the easiest ways to ensure you follow through is to set up a regular time for each class. (Your normal class schedule will work well for this!) This way, you will "show up" for class, just as you're use to, and you'll be off to the right start.
Create a Regular Study Space that Works for You
Whether it's a dedicated desk, a spot at your kitchen table or a comfy corner of your home, a regular work space will boost your productivity and help you stay organized. Try to always work in the same space, that way, when you sit down, your brain knows it's time to work.
Try to find a study space that is quiet, and has the following:
**If working in a shared space, have headphones on hand for listening to lectures**
Staying organized is key to success in any course, but especially for an online one. Organize all of your files, documents and workspace in a way that makes sense to you. Keep a copy of any work you do on your computer in case of any tech problems that require you to resubmit assignments. Don’t forget to take notes for readings and lectures just as you would in any other class.
Improve Time Management Skills
With an online course, your schedule is up to you. Strong time management skills will help you keep track of weekly classes, upcoming assignments and future tests/quizzes. Exactly how you manage your time will depend on your course load, assignments for a particular week, and learning style.
The following are some basic options you can use:
Stay Connected with your Professor and Classmates
You are not alone! All of your classmates are taking the same online courses with you, and your professors are here to help. Many courses will feature discussions on LMS, just as they did for in-person classes. If your course lacks this, be sure to reach out and keep in touch in other ways - emails to your professor or attending remote Peer Tutoring sessions.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and say “hi”—stay in touch, we're in this together!
Find Resources, and Use Them
The college has moved its resources online for students. College departments can be reached by email, learning modules are available on The Learning Portal, and the entire library website is dedicated to online support. Send us an email or use our online chat.
The following is a list of additional help offered to students:
Ron Doyle Library
443 Northern Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
(705) 759-2554 ext. 2711
To access the databases from off-campus:
Don't know your PIN?
Check your Sault College e-mail.
PIN info is sent to you at the beginning of each semester by "SIRSI".
Still can't find it? Contact Library staff at 705-759-2554 ext. 2711,
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 705-998-5954.