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Study Tips for Online Classes

In today’s busy world many people have chosen to continue their education via online programs and degrees. These classes allow you the freedom to study at your own time and at your own pace from the comfort of your home. Online classes is a great way for anyone to earn a degree who may be unable to otherwise find the time to go back to school.

Because you are not in a classroom and are in the comfort of your home or other area, it is important to remember that you are still attending school, and if you plan to graduate, must treat it that way. Learning a few basic skills can help you master going back to school with an online program.

The first thing you must remember is to go to class! Missing one or two classes can quickly put you behind in your work. You must log in and complete your work to stay current. Since there is no teacher, you must be sure to read all of your work and materials, and if you need help, ask for it. Faculty is available online to help day or night.

You must also remember to devout an area to your studies, free of noises and other distractions. You must maintain the distraction free area for the entire time you are working, and, if possible, have the area for school work only. Keep your area clean and neat, and all of your papers and textbooks organized and together.

Earning a degree online can help you achieve the career that you have always wanted. Using these study skills will help you do your best and become successful at your new profession.

The Mapping Method Of Taking Notes

The Mapping Method of taking notes is the one I frequently use for taking down notes. This is the method of taking notes that works for me until now because it allows me to understand the lecture better and bridge the related ideas of the lectures.

Mapping method makes use of graphical representation of the lecture contents. It involves writing down the concept or terms and radiating the related ideas out of the center. With this method, you can use lines and symbols to build and link the related ideas. This is said to be the method of note taking that maximizes active participation and critical thinking.

The mapping method is the best approach when the lecture is heavy or when it will be your first time to hear the lecturer. This approach is also applicable when you are attending a conference or seminar.

The Outlining Method Of Taking Notes

The outlining method is probably one of the easiest ways of taking down notes during lecture. It is the best approach when the lecturer present a very organize topic.

Under the outlining method, students usually put the major points on the left side of the paper and then succeeding points or related facts are indented on the right side. You don’t need to use numbers or letter using this method because the major and minor points were already identified through indentions.

However, this method of note taking is not applicable for science and math lectures because this system may not show relationships by sequence. And if the lecturer is too fast, this method may not allow you to grasp the essence of the lecture.

The Cornell Method Of Taking Notes

Just like reading, there is also several styles or methods of taking notes during lectures. One of the popular methods is the Cornel System. The Cornell method is designed to save time as this method does not require you to rewrite what you have written. This method is also known as the “Do it Right in the First Place” system.

The Cornell method is easy to do. You just need to use a big, loose leaf notebook. Then, draw a vertical line that is 2.5 inches from the left side of the notebook leaving a six-inch area on the right side in which to you will write your notes.

During the lecture, get the general ideas. When the lecturer proceeds to a new topic, skip few lines. Then write some significant points in the left side of the notebook. After the lecture, review your notes by covering the right-hand portion of your notes and recall the general ideas of the lecture using your own words. After doing this, remove the covered portion of the notes and check if your notes matched to what you have been said.

Of interest: Some people do better in their education if they are better able to take notes, so if you were never really educated on the best ways for taking notes then the Internet might be able to help.

How To Maximize Your Learning Through Lectures

You can maximize your learning through lectures if you will do some preparation before it and make a follow-up after it. By doing this, I can guarantee you that you will not need to cram and panic before and during your exam.

Even students need to prepare for lectures by knowing what is the topic or subject matter of your upcoming lectures. Browse the stated chapter of the book so that you will become familiar with the terms that the lecturer may give. Identify or highlight those terms that seems hard to understand so that you could ask them during the lecture.

During lecture, be sure that you listen attentively and actively. Remember that it is more important to listen than to take notes and not understand anything. But do jot down the important terms or significant data for your reference later. If the question or the terms you set aside earlier was not mentioned or still not clear to you, you may ask the lecturer at this time.

After the lecture, it would be better to review the terms and data you jotted down and fill any missing information. The terms you have noted no matter how brief it is will become a valuable review material for your future examinations.

The Significance Of Lectures

Lectures are valuable method to learn and understand a particular subject. These are the very essence why we attend classes regularly and why so schools have teachers. Listening to lectures is often considered as indispensable or crucial aspect of learning. Without lectures that are given by professors or teachers, it would be hard for us to grasp the concept of what we are studying.

Based on my experience, you will surely pass your course if you attentively pay attention to every lecture that you have especially if the lecturer is good and resourceful. And did you know that popular professors are those who are good lecturers? Professors are judged by their students according to their capacity to explain and expand the subject matter.

I was lucky to have professors who are very good in teaching because they gave us comprehensive lectures that help us understand the concept without the need of reading extensively. Lectures that are comprehensive and thorough are already great review materials. And remember, since lectures are the very essence of studying, you are always near the finish line if you mind your lectures seriously. Listening to lectures can actually shorten the time you need to study afterwards. So pay attention to your lectures and never miss classes.