• You need to be organized and self-motivated for online study success. Online classes are not easy but, by following these techniques, you have a great chance of being successful.

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    1. Set Major Goals 

    The most important tip for anyone doing online study is to stay on task. It’s understandable that sometimes things happen in life that are unforeseen and pull us away from our studies. But you must keep your primary goal in mind.

    2. Treat Study Like a Job

    Study is your work. Consciously choose to show up, absorb wonderful content available to you, schedule in assessments, lectures, tasks, and really set and keep those boundaries. Have a success mindset. Implement firm boundaries. Keep a schedule like your life depends on it. 

    3. Make a Study Plan

    Some students pretend they are actually in a school and classroom. They plan their school day by hour and topic. They take short breaks every hour and make it fun. A good rule of thumb for time management is a 6 hour day. If you were in a brick and mortar school your day would be 6 hours long.
    4. Eliminate Distractions 
    It is important to have a designated study area free from outside noises and distractions. Some background music can help you to relax, but it's important that it's not too loud to become a distraction. 
    5. Limit Social Media
    Log off of all social media accounts. There are enough distractions in the real world. It's easy to lose track of time scrolling through your friend's vacation photos or reading all of your favorite comedian's hilarious tweets.
    6. Take Good Notes
    Write down important points. Just like in a traditional classroom setting, taking notes makes it easier to remember the important pieces of information you will need to retain.
    Not sure what to write down? Start by copying Titles and subtitles. Those will help you organize the information. Copy the topic sentence in every paragraph. Read a paragraph and summarize in your own words what you have just written down. All About Cornell Notes is a very effective and research proven method for taking notes.