Are you self directed?
|A good online student
will take initiative in asking for help when
assignments or information may not be
in an online class will depend in large measure on how
self-disciplined you are and how well you achieve
objectives that you set for yourself. If you like
working independently and are good at meeting deadlines,
then you will do well in an online class. On the other
hand, if you depend on other people like a boss, teacher
or parent to tell you what to do and when to do it, you
will have problems in the more free-wheeling environment
of an online class.
If you can determine the steps needed
to achieve an objective by reading written instructions,
successfully organize your time to complete those steps,
and follow through by managing your efforts
independently, then you are an ideal online student. You
must also be comfortable asking for clarification if you
do not understand something. If you are uncomfortable
asking your teacher to explain something when you don’t
get it then think twice before signing up for an online
Personal Habits Inventory
Do the following statements apply to
you? The more “Yes” replies you can make, the more
likely it is you will succeed as an online student.
- I like working on my own.
- I take responsibility for my
- I am regarded by my family and
friends as a “self-starter.”
- I feel I have pretty good
- I can stay “on-task” without
someone constantly reminding me.
- I am curious about many things.
- I can set and achieve goals
- I have my own opinions, but am
open to the opinions of others
- I enjoy being challenged, and am
motivated by challenging situations.
- I like direct, personal feedback.
can go wrong in an online class?
behind. The biggest problem is falling
behind. Some students, for personal or work reasons,
neglect to schedule the amount of time it takes to
complete their class work.
touch. Another problem is feeling lost and
getting discouraged simply because of failure to ask
questions or fully read written instructions. Most
instructions you receive in an online class will be in
work early. In an online class, it is best to
finish your assignments early. If an instructor has
scheduled a 3-day window in which you may take an online
test or upload an assignment, complete the test or
assignment on the first day, not at the last minute.
Since most of the work in an online class is done
entirely over the Internet, and the Internet sometimes
fails (lots can go wrong), it is very important to
understand your assignments, stay on schedule and finish
hesitate to ask. If something does go wrong,
let’s say you have attempted to take an online exam, but
for some reason, no fault of your own, your computer
simply froze up and failed to submit your results. You
must not hesitate to contact your instructor to clarify
the situation and reset the test. Don’t let little
glitches become the source of discouragement.
responsibility for working on your own. If
you have never taken an online class, you may not be
used to working completely independently. You may be
used to the sort of casual conversation in the classroom
or an instructor’s body language to help you “get it.”
You won’t have these in most online classes, so you need
to rely more on your reading, writing, and questioning
skills. If you learn best by interacting with
instructors and classmates in person, then an online
class will be more challenging for you. On the other
hand, the freedom offered by online classes is very
liberating. It does require, however, that you be
responsible for managing your own time and efforts.