Many students are hesitant to learn English online because they think the courses are not as good as they would be in a classroom. If you’ve never done them before, online classes can seem a little overwhelming and scary. But first, let’s talk about the benefits of online classes.
Admittedly, online classes aren’t for everyone. Online classes usually require a lot of discipline on the student’s part. However, with online classes you can ‘attend class’ whenever you want to. No more waking up for 8am classes! You can also work at your pace – spending more time on topics you don’t understand, and quickly going through topics you do understand. Best yet, you can stay in your PJ’s all day!
Here’s What You Need to Know:
1.Online Courses Are Not a ‘Cop-Out’
Although there are many benefits to taking online courses, you still have to put in the same amount of work as you would in an actual classroom. Online courses are not a cop out, or a course you take to avoid doing work. You need to work just as hard! And remember too, that your teacher isn’t always there to make sure you stay on track. Your teacher will help you in any way she or he can, but the ball is in your court! It’s up to you to stay on track, to study, and keep up with your assignments.
2. Know How You Learn
Studies have shown that students taking online courses do just as well, or even better than they did in-classroom. This is because the education and quality of learning are exactly the same. Every student learns differently, so you need to understand how you learn in order to determine if online is really the best option for you. For example, some students like interacting with other classmates, while other students prefer the one-on-one attention they get from their teacher. Examine your learning self, and determine whether online classes are right for you.
3. Schedule Out Time
As I mentioned before, the ball is in your court. You need to make sure that you schedule out the time to study, attend the classes, participate in group discussions, complete your assignments/homework and work on things your teacher tells you to. Your instinct may be to relax and take things easy because you’re not in an actual classroom, but this is when your independence and self-discipline comes into play! Just like a regular classroom course, there is a scheduled time to attend class, to complete your assignments and to study. The same schedule needs to be applied with online classes.
4. Get To Know Your Platform
Nothing is more frustrating than trying to hand in an assignment and not knowing how to. I’ve been there. So, speaking from experience: get to know your online learning platform. Spend 15-20 minutes looking at all the different functions on your learning platform, or get familiar with the technology you will be using (like OfficeWord). Trust me, it will help you in the end!
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Talk to Your Teacher
When I took online classes, I didn’t actually get to see my teacher face-to-face. But, we got to know each other through emails, class discussions, and online feedback. I made sure to ask him questions if I had any, and talked to him as if I was actually in a real classroom. I felt like I got more attention than I would in a traditional classroom, and I felt like he really wanted to help me succeed. So get to know your teacher, and show him/her that you’re serious about your education.
As you know, I offer online English classes. If you have any questions about the classes I offer, or taking online classes, visit my web site: English Expressions. I always love to hear from others. But I’d like to hear from you!
Have you ever taken online classes? What did you think of them?