Online courses are no different from any other course. There are rules to the game and if you are not following them, you will lose. This is true no matter if you are taking your college or university exam or your job interview.
Firstly, before you decide to take a course, you need to understand the basics of study. All courses have rules that you must follow. You must study every day and when you study, make sure you also use the time wisely by participating in group activities. These activities will enable you to get your “whole self” out.
Second, many online courses require you to take a test. You need to pass the test to qualify for the next course or to go to the next level of your studies.
Third, you must know how to study effectively in an online course. Learn what to do and when to do it.
Lastly, many online courses will not allow you to participate unless you pass a certain number of hours in one session. They want you to pass the online course and if you cannot get through that many hours in one day, the online program is not for you.
I recently attended a conference in Los Angeles sponsored by some companies that offer online courses. There were four different online courses and one of them was about a certain United States company.
The rules for online courses are exactly the same as the University course I just mentioned above. So I went ahead and sat in on one of the online seminars and took the course.
The seminar started off very nicely and the instructor was able to show me exactly what to do and when to do it in the online course. I did my best and passed most of the lectures. However, when it came to taking a final exam, I got terribly flustered and completely lost focus.
By the time I was finally getting ready to take the final exam, I had not slept all night and I got up way too early. I think that this type of experience is exactly why online courses do not work for a lot of people.
For some people, they like to study at their own pace and I certainly do. However, you cannot become successful in life by studying in the way that people do when they study in their classes.
With a few exceptions, it is very important to know the basics of taking an online course. For example, you should be able to answer all of the questions properly, you need to know how to study properly and you need to be able to participate in group activities.