How To Stay Motivated In Your Online Courses

By Jessi Stickel on March 29, 2016

Whether it is personal preference or a last resort option, sometimes students take online courses in college. Taking a class online has its benefits and downfalls, but college students have to get through them somehow. It can be easy to become unmotivated when taking a course online since you are not physically going to class two or more times a week.

So here are great techniques to try throughout the semester to stay motivated in your online courses.

Use a planner.

It is easy to lose track of assignments and due dates when you are not actually going to class every week. This is where a planner comes in handy. You should not only pencil in your due dates for your classes, but also schedule time to work on assignments as well. Online courses sometimes slip college students’ minds, but if they have it written down in their planner to “work on ENGL paper” and see that it is due next week, it helps them to stay on track, avoiding being overwhelmed with assignments last minute.

Change up the scenery.

If you are taking more than one online class, college life can be a bit depressing since you are not interacting with others and walking from class to class every day. Doing homework and other assignments in the library or bedroom can get dull after a while, so it is nice to mix it up and go somewhere different. This can be out on the campus mall, on a bench or picnic table, or at a local coffee shop. Getting up and out can motivate students more who are on their own often.

Set up group meetings.

If you are used to going to lecture and discussion courses, online classes may seem really lonely. Since there is normally an email list of the other students enrolled in the online course, message them and set up a group meeting to talk about the material or help each other on assignments or any difficulties some may be facing in the course. This will help you all not only grade wise, but also to feel more normal, and you could enjoy the course more as well.

Contact the professor for help.

Some college students get unmotivated to engulf themselves in an online course because they do not fully understand the material. This can be common for students in online courses since they are not faced with one-on-one discussion in a classroom. However, you should not hesitate to contact your professor through email if you have any problems or questions. A lot of times the professors are willing to set up a one-on-one meeting with their students, depending on their schedules. This can add ease to being intimidated and discouraged with your online courses.

Use self-incentives.

If finding it difficult to motivate yourself to take online quizzes, write papers or work on assignments for your online classes, try using incentives. If you need to work on a project for your online course and really do not feel like doing it, set up an award for yourself for when you finish the task. This can be “If I finish this paper tonight, I can go to the party tomorrow night,” or even as simple as “I can go get Starbucks after I finish this quiz.” This technique can ensure you get your work done on time.

My name is Jessi. I love entertainment news and enjoy writing about my favorite celebrities and films. I love to travel and see different places. I hope you enjoy reading my articles. I am happy to be a part of Uloop's national team!

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