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It is common thinking that online courses are easy and require lesser effort, than daily scholar ones. The thought may emanate out of the flexibility of time to learn and assess. This is the reality for many!
How can the flexibility that Distance Education Programs offer be a strong motivator for completing courses? What common causes chip time away and how can you take control in a simple way?
Here are 10 strong tips that we advise an aspiring student to adopt for definitive DEP course completion.
#Tip 1. Understand your syllabus.
It is a vital part of your ‘things-to-do’ before a course is registered. Once you have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve, it is easy to understand what the online course has to offer, and match the two.
#Tip 2: Attend your lectures.
Missing lectures due to busy work schedule must be avoided to the max possible extent. Without a clear comprehension of the concepts from the viewpoint of a professor, students will miss correlating the concepts to several use cases and applications, or simple tips, tricks and tacks the lecturer offers during the sessions. Taking notes comes as a reinforcement of learning to the task of listening to lectures. Thus, attending online lectures becomes a critical success factor!
#Tip 3: Revision of lectures.
Online courses offer the advantage of revisiting past lectures. Doing so is a reinforcement of what you learnt, and a facility to etch that learning permanently.
#Tip 4: Do not procrastinate submissions.
Avoid any last-minute assignment rush. Cramping just does not work anywhere, leave alone for assignment submissions. When your entire course schedule and assignment due dates are known in advance, it is convenient to submit assignments on time. A simple tip to complete is to do your assignments over a period of time. You will have time to prepare, research, iterate and most importantly, be original. Avoid copying an earlier concept or an assignment, since it is quite easy for invigilators to identify non-original work due to their experience. Successful students know how to use their time and the flexibility they have, to their utmost advantage.
#Tip 5: Ask. Ask. Ask.
Humans have grown their knowledge in any field by one single act: Asking questions! Never miss an opportunity to seek answers and clarity from your instructors. Post queries in forums, discuss concepts and grow your involvement in the subject matter.
#Tip 6: Contribute and Learn Collaboratively.
Participative learning happens in one-on-one mode with student–teacher interactions, and in one-to-many or many-to-many modes through subject matter forums in student zones. One of the most rewarding experiences in learning is, by forming meaningful relationships with fellow students, peers and professors. This helps in learning more, express your comprehension of the subject matter. Forums are available always. So, establish connections and collaborate.
#Tip 7: Plan, Target and Achieve.
There is no alternative for a student to planning and executing the plan well. As a working professional, you are determined to learn and qualify within your professional time schedule. Thus, how well you make use of the time you have allotted is critical to successfully completing the course. Most DEP courses will have disclosed their units and number of hours, tests and assignment schedules. Instructors and counsellors can guide in the preparatory methods and time to be devoted too, which becomes simpler to plan your schedule. The tough part is to execute the plan, which requires your will.
#Tip 8: Apply in your Job.
What you learn in the course can immediately be applied in your day-to-day profession, to understand the application and practicality of the concepts that you learn. Won’t it be wonderful to have the ability to experiment a concept in real job situations, assess the results of the experimentation, etc.? What more motivation does one need than to apply what you learn in parallel, share the results in forums with peers and professors! For these peers are all industry colleagues and will always have a thing to remember about you.
#Tip 9: Seek Help.
Professors do assist students with counselling activities. Seek support in areas of slowness or lack of clarity, and bring your charter back on track.
#Tip10: Be conscious of what you came for:
Every student has joined an online course with the same goal in mind, professionally. Be it career advancement, skill enhancement, qualifications, money, job transfers, whatever it be. You have to keep what your objective is in mind at all times. Every single day of methodical work in your course takes you one step towards DEP course completion and one step towards the goal you have set for yourself. Make the most of the flexible time, accessibility to the course, lower costs, choice of courses. etc. Be aware and inch towards your goal.
Remember, success breeds success! Managing and following the above tips will lead to small everyday wins over any cause, that impedes your progress. You will cherish more when you work to overcome your challenges and earn that professional degree – in due time.
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