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How to be successful at online learning: 8 strategies and tips for learning online

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How to be successful at online learning: 8 strategies and tips for learning online
Online learning is a skill and you need to learn it to do well. Less than 5% of people who take a course online actually finish it, so it's important you have some good strategies for success.

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Having a study buddy

Find a friend to do it with you and commit to weekly study sessions.

Online learning is usually lonely and when you get stuck you are really stuck — having friends to work through problems together ...

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Start with just 1 class

Although you're probably tempted to choose with more than 1, start with 1 class and finish it before moving on.

The first class is the hardest because you need to learn ho...

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Establish a routine study schedule

Block out 2–3 hours Monday through Friday for classwork.

It’s not realistic to think that you can just put it off to the weekend because you may hit a blo...

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Turn off your distractors

Don’t check email. Don’t pick up your phone or text.

It’s so easy to spend an hour messaging or checking Instagram, so don’t even give yourself the opportunity to get distracted.

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Get a kitchen timer

Tell yourself you will focus on it for 15 mins.

 During the 15 mins, you’re so focused on working for 15 mins that you won’t get distracted; and after 15 mins you’ve made sufficient prog...

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Watch lectures at 1.5x speed

... and pause/rewind during sections you don’t understand.

Because you don’t get to ask questions, it’s important that you train yourself to fully understand one section before moving on.

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Buy the book

A lot of times the lectures/handouts don’t explain something well. 

It’s best to get a book to get a second explanation because there are no teachers or course assistants to ask.

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Grade yourself on assignments faithfully

It’s easy to think that you shouldn’t have missed the dumb mistake, but often your process for problem solving can be dramatically improved.

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“Focused” and “Diffused” Modes

When learning, there are times in which you are focused and times in which you allow your mind to wander. Both modes are valuable to allow your brain to learn something.

Take regular breaks, meditate, think about other things, and give yourself plenty of time in both modes.

Chunking

This is the idea of breaking what you want to learn into concepts. 

The goal is to learn each concept in a way that they each become like a well-known puzzle piece. 

In order to master a concept, you not only need to know it but also to know how it fits into the bigger picture.

Beware of Illusions of Competence

There are many ways in which we can make ourselves feel like we have “learned” a concept.

Instead of highlighting or underlining, rather take brief notes that summarize keys concepts.

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The "frog"

It is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don't do something about it.

It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.

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"One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not be done at all".

The ABCDE prioritization approach

  • A items : Things you must do, which will have a serious positive or negative consequence.
  • B items : Things you should do, that have minor consequences.
  • C items : Things that are nice to do but don’t have any real consequences when they’re done.
  • D items : Things to delegate so you can free up more time to do A tasks.
  • E items : Things to eliminate. Generally stuff you do out of habit.