classes, you need to be self-motivated to succeed in your online
class. Maintaining your motivation in an online class requires that you
first define your goals. Your goals might include:
completing a GE requirement that
gets you closer to your ultimate goal of completing your degree
something that you know will be important in your career
that you've always wanted to learn
proving to yourself that you have the determination to succeed in an online course
Define those goals at the beginning of the class. Write them down, and keep
them with your syllabus and assignments calendar. This will help you stay
focused on your class.
Other Suggestions for Staying MotivatedYou might also consider creating an assignments checklist for the entire
course, listing all the due dates. As you complete each assignment, check it
off. With each checkmark, you'll know you're closer to achieving your goals.
You can also check your grades in Blackboard at any time. Some students
determine how many total points they need to achieve their goal in the class,
and then track their progress at least weekly.
If you've found a "study buddy" in the class, try emailing each other at
least once a week to remind each other what's due, and to talk about how you're
doing in the class. These continual reminders will help you stay focused on
Finally, keep in touch with your instructor. Ask how you're doing. Ask for
suggestions if you're struggling with the course or just with your motivation.
Your instructor wants you to succeed and may be able to provide the needed
encouragement to help you achieve your goals.
Establish your goals, write them down, track your progress, and communicate
regularly. You can do it!