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How to be Successful in Online Learning

A successful online student needs a self-directed style and will complete the course:
• By having a sincere desire to learn independently with consistent self-motivation
• By maintaining self-discipline and avoiding procrastination
• By communicating effectively with instructors and fulfilling course requirements in a timely manner

Building blocks to success include:
• Regular contact with the instructor
• Careful reading of all information provided
• Buying required text and study materials
• Effective use of media and supplemental components
• Reading and studying text and related materials
• Timely completion of assignments and examinations as directed by the instructor
• Active participation throughout the term

Online students need to be self-directed and self-motivated in their approach to learning. Most students who successfully complete online courses say that these courses are equal to or more difficult than classroom-based offerings. Students must invest the extra time and effort necessary to learn on their own by using self-instructional media and textbooks designed to deliver content.

Many online courses are highly structured. It is recommended that students use course materials in a deliberate order and sequence as outlined by the instructor.

To learn more, read the article “What Makes a Successful Online Student?”

COD Online contact

Call (630) 942-2490

For advising
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Call (630) 942-2259

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Call (630) 942-2999

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