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Organization is key to navigating online courses

Eight tips for developing the online learning skills that lead to success

April 7, 2020

As thousands of Blinn College students enter the world of online classes for the first time, many are learning that an online environment requires a different set of skills.

Fortunately, students who develop those techniques often find that online classes provide an excellent alternative to a traditional classroom setting. Here are some tips for online learning success:

  • Get organized and stay organized. Create a workspace dedicated to classwork and studying. Make sure you have the textbooks and other materials you need for each course. Have headphones available to listen to lectures and discussions.
  • Eliminate distractions as much as possible. Turn off your cell phone, just as you would for an in-person class. That will prevent you from losing focus every time a text or email notification pops up.
  • Avoid multitasking, which actually can decrease productivity. Focus on one class and one assignment at a time, whether doing homework, reading a textbook, emailing a professor, or taking part on a group forum.
  • When working on assignments, try time-blocking. Give yourself a certain amount of time for each task before moving on to the next one and do your best to keep up with assignments. Arranging how you work can improve productivity. Work without interruption for 25 minutes, then take a five-minute break to do something else. After you have completed four of those sessions, reward yourself with a longer break.
  • Determine the most effective way that you learn. If you are a morning person, take time then to study. If you are a “night owl,” set aside an hour or two after dinner.
  • Take part in your courses’ online forums to engage with fellow students and your professor. Get clarification on any questions you may have. If you think you are falling behind, speak up. Don’t wait until an assignment is due to ask questions. Email your professor and be proactive in asking for their help. They are there to help you.
  • Take advantage of the resources Blinn offers to assist students taking online courses. Specific resources are available at, including an eCampus orientation and support services and frequently asked questions pages. There also is a live chat to provide real-time answers and troubleshooting.
  • To avoid burnout, reward yourself after a job well done. Celebrate your accomplishments.











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