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A Few Habits of Successful Online Students

By Kevin E. Johnson, Susan Manning, Jonathan E. Finkelstein

Part of Online Education For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Some of the most successful students are those who learn self-discipline in respect to their study habits. The lack of pressure that comes with meeting face-to-face is absent in the online environment. Therefore, it’s important to heed the following suggestions for establishing good study habits for online education:

  • Set a schedule for studying and log in frequently (daily if possible).

  • Print the syllabus, instructor contact information, and course calendar on Day 1.

  • Read all rubrics (documents outlining assessment criteria for assignments) and guidelines carefully, and self-check before starting assignments and again before submitting them.

  • Find out how to use the library services for your institution. Seek credible resources for your work, and don’t just rely on Google or Wikipedia.

  • Double-check citations and references for accuracy. Avoid plagiarism!

  • Compose assignments in a word processor and save everything before transferring it to the online environment.

  • Actively participate and interact with your classmates and instructor. Don’t be a wallflower.