Ten Common Online Learning Mistakes That Can Be Avoided
Published on: July 06, 2022
As with traditional learning, online learning should be treated as a serious investment in your future. We've already looked at some of the most common misconceptions about online learning (https://www.academicinfo.net/blog/2022-05-30-ten-common-misconceptions-about-online-degrees/), but there are still some common mistakes that many learnings make after enrolling in online degree programs. However, these mistakes can easily be avoided once you know what they are.
Taking On Too Much
There are so many online degree programs available online that it can be tempting to sign up for everything that looks interesting. However, online coursework is every bit as demanding as the material from attending a physical campus. This can leave students struggling if they take on too many classes while still trying to fit in extracurricular activities as well.
Not Broadening Your Horizons
While it is tempting to stick with what you know best, doing so with your studies can also lead to regrets later about not broadening your horizons. Many students only figure out where their passion truly lies while studying, so it can be beneficial to start with courses that have a broader focus. Doing so also makes it easier to narrow your focus later when you are sure about what you really enjoy. This is especially useful for students who are not quite sure what career paths they would like to embark on after their studies.
Memorizing Instead of Understanding
Many students go through school by memorizing the work instead of really understanding the concepts. Attempting to do the same while doing an online degree might not be as successful. Instead of memorizing everything in the course word for word, it is better to focus on understanding the concepts being explained. Doing so is far more helpful when it comes to applying the knowledge in real situations. In addition, you will be less likely to end up confused by exam questions that are worded differently than the course materials.
Putting Off Work Until The Last Moment
After the daily routine of homework that is common in high school, many students struggle with online courses where the onus is on themselves to put in the extra work. Many courses still involve assignments and time-consuming projects, but nobody is going to constantly check up on you to see if you are doing the work. While this is great for students who are able to stay motivated and have the discipline to put in the work required, it can also lead to procrastination.
Not Building Relationships
Colleges and universities offer more than just educational experiences but also opportunities to connect with peers and form relationships. Online students often overlook this aspect as they only focus on the coursework. Making an effort to connect with other students doing the same online course is not just about new friendships but could even open up doors down the line if you end up working in the same industries.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Studying online is different from having to work according to a schedule and attending physical classes on campus. While this is very convenient, especially as it cuts back on travel costs, it can also have a negative side. Without the need to get up and walk between classes or go on lunch breaks, it is easy for students to lose track of time. This can lead to hours spent in front of a computer without any physical activity. Students often also sacrifice sleep in favor of studying, which is not good for their health. Make sure you have a daily schedule that allows enough time to take regular breaks, exercise, and get enough sleep.
Not Asking For Help From Lecturers
For many students asking for help when they are struggling can feel like admitting defeat or showing weakness. Unfortunately, trying to tough things out alone will not make you a better or stronger person. Completing an online degree program does not mean doing so in isolation. In addition to interacting with classmates, most online learning institutions also provide students with access to various support features. Don't just assume that your teacher is busy and doesn't want you bothering them if you are struggling. Most would be happy to assist if you email or message them about your problems or at the very least provide you with some assistance on where to get the help you need. This is preferable to struggling on your own and wasting time while becoming discouraged.
Rushing Through Your Coursework
While it is true that students can often complete online degrees quicker than their campus counterparts, this does not mean you have to rush through everything. Earning your degree should be about learning and understanding, not finishing as quickly as possible. Trying to rush through your course places you under more pressure and makes it harder to absorb the information. Your experience will be a lot more rewarding if you switch your mentality from completing the course to learn something instead of just for getting the degree.
Some online courses feature online classes where students have the opportunity to interact with the lecturer and each other. These sessions are sometimes recorded as videos that can be reviewed later, but many students get into the bad habit of skipping the classes entirely. It is easy to fall into this habit if you are busy since there are no instructors taking attendance and calling you out for cutting classes. However, it is easy to fall behind and miss out on important information if you skip classes regularly or prioritize other obligations all the time.
Not Sticking To A Budget
An online degree can save you a lot of money on expenses such as travel and even accommodation, but you still need to manage your finances wisely. For example, some students are able to work part-time while earning their degree to finance their studies, while others have to rely on their parents for support. Whatever your situation is, be sure to work out a budget and stick to it if you want to avoid adding financial stress to your list of worries.