• Benadette Wambui

Online Learning Do’s and Don'ts

Updated: Jan 18

Online learning offers students the opportunity to work from the comfort of their bedrooms, on their couches, and in their living rooms. The rise of online learning classrooms and attending lectures virtually has only increased during this unprecedented time -- one of the main effects of COVID-19 for students in colleges and universities around the world. As classrooms shift to virtual platforms you might be tempted to stay in your pajamas all day, to never turn on your shower again. However, as students still enrolled in classes, which are still meeting online, you’ll need to show up and demonstrate to your professors, teachers or facilitators that you are present, paying attention, and participating. There are some definite do’s and don’ts for students in the virtual classroom. Here are some reminders of how to be the best online student you can be.

The Do’s


1. Be punctual


As a student enrolled in online classes, attendance still matters. You’ll want to log into whatever online platform your professor or teacher is using. Make sure your computer is charged and be ready to appear on screen in a timely fashion. Being late is not acceptable, especially as your commute is (probably) from your bedroom to the couch in your living room.


2. Read the syllabus


Read the syllabus ahead of time. Make sure you’ve read the required reading, or are prepared to participate based on the syllabus provided by your instructor. The syllabus is still your road map to successfully passing and excelling in the courses you’re enrolled in so don’t forget to look at it beforehand.


3. Embrace being flexible