Independent learning requires you to develop your Transferable Skills--those skills and traits that help you work independently and with others to achieve your goals.
Successful online learners are able to demonstrate or develop these skills:
- reaching out to your instructor with questions and problems
- asking for help from a support person in school or from your parents
- reading and responding to emails and comments from your instructor
- participating in online discussions
- Pitfall: worrying instead of approaching adults with questions, problems or mistakes
- staying on pace with your assignments
- using in-school time to work on assignments
- keeping a calendar and paying attention to due dates
- planning for missed time due to events, sports, clubs, etc.
- Pitfall: procrastinating and falling behind. It's very hard to catch up in an online class.
Effort and Persistence:
- setting a goal to succeed
- making that goal more important than the usual distractions
- setting aside a block of time to focus on your course and sticking to it
- submitting your best work
- Pitfall: rushing through an assignment or submitting a poor draft
- making a plan to accomplish the day's or week's goals
- keeping track of finished and unfinished work (creating folders, etc.)
- having materials and supplies on hand
- Pitfall: being unprepared and not thinking ahead
- knowing your own learning style
- creating a workspace that matches your learning style
- using strategies to overcome unproductive habits
- advocating for your success--seeking help, asking friends to support you instead of distract you.
- Pitfall: choosing online learning because you want an easy credit
Try these strategies...