Make Your Time Count

You know you are supposed to go. You know you are supposed to participate. Despite your best efforts to go and participate, you leave class wondering if it was worth your time. 

The instructor was there and presented the content, but you’re walking out unchanged by what you heard and experienced.  You feel like there must be something you’re missing because everyone advises you to not miss class.


How Can You Get the Most Out of CLASS Time?'

1.  Skip the Back Row

If you sit in the back row, you have added numerous distractions between you and the instructor. Each chair and each person is a potential distraction to keep you from learning. Sitting toward the front of the room eliminates some of those distractions.

2.  Be Focused

Be mentally present in the class. Don’t be monitoring your text messages and social media. Focus on the information being presented. Ask questions. Be engaged and focused.

3.  Come Prepared

Read the content for the next class before coming to class. Complete your homework. Have a list of questions written to ask your instructor during class to help you as you continue learning. Ask specific questions. Don’t just say, “I don’t understand.”  A better question would be, “I don’t understand how to calculate the number of Kilocalories per gram of fat.”

4.  Take Notes

Take a lot of notes. Consider using Cornell Notes to assist you as you work. 


How Can You Get the Most Out of ONLINE CLASS Time? 

There’s a popular myth that says online courses are easier than on campus courses. That isn’t true. Students are expected to learn the same content regardless of whether the course is on campus or online. There are still regular deadlines to meet and textbook chapters to ready.

What are the two big differences between on campus and online?

1.      No regularly scheduled class meetings

2.      No face-to-face conversations with your instructor on a regular basis

Once your expectations are adjusted, the online course can cause feelings of loss or searching for how to do an online course. Below are some strategies to help make your time count in an online course.

1.  Make a Date and a Place

Schedule your time and place to work on your online course. While this time can fluctuate day to day, it’s important to schedule that time and keep that appointment with your course. 

2.  Read Your Syllabus and course Schedule

Before you begin your course work, it is important to read your course syllabus. What is expected? Find the course schedule of due dates. Place them on your calendar and work to be prepared for those deadlines.

3.  Plan Ahead

Your professor has provided you with due dates. Don’t wait until 11:50 p.m. when an assignment is due at 11:59 p.m.  Plan ahead!  Some students fine it useful to plan to complete an assignment 1 day before it’s due to allow for any issues with technology.

4.  Have a Back Up Plan

An online course is technology-dependent by nature. Technology is not 100% guaranteed to work as we think it should. Plan for a tech issue! What is your back up plan?  If your computer begins to experience issues, what is your plan to complete your course work? Do you have a friend or family member who would let you use a computer?  Are you near enough to OCCC to allow you to access the lab computers?  Is there a public library near you that has computer access?

Plan ahead.  Most OCCC instructors are understanding of technology issues but there is also an expectation that students will have a back up plan in the event an issue arises.

5.  Get Help

Some people when they are lost view that as an opportunity for adventure. Others view it as a terrifying experience. Being lost in an online course is not usually a chance to explore new territories.  It’s time to seek help. 

Here’s who to contact for help:

If you have a problem with your course content.......                    Contact your instructor (see syllabus for specifics)

If you have a problem learning the course content.........              Contact the content-related Student Learning Labs

If you have a Moodle problem........                                            Contact Moodle Student Tech Support 

If you have technology, username/password issues......              Contact the OCCC Helpdesk 682-7777


6.  Stay Organized

Staying organized for an online course involves a bit more than a clutter-free workspace or a notebook. It can be a challenge to be digitally organized. Here are some tips to help you stay organized in a digital world.

Want Additional Information?

The VLC has multiple resources and opportunities available to provide assistance to you.  Virtual Learing Center

Schedule a time today for your personal session.  

In person: The VLC is located inside the Center for Learning & Teaching

                SEM 2G3 (Across from the Math Lab)


Phone:  (405) 682-7838