Online learning tips

Online learning tips

Getting started

Here are some commonly used resources to get you started on your virtual journey with Conestoga College.

Technical requirements

For information on technical requirements for your online courses, visit the following resources:

Course information

While completing your Conestoga Online courses, your Student Portal will show you the programs you are enrolled in and the associated courses. Make sure you review each course’s syllabus & schedule to understand what is required from you. Course content is located in eConestoga.

Online community

Study tips

Taking notes is a key part of online learning – and the learning process, in general.

Initially, taking notes can feel overwhelming. You may find it challenging to decide what’s worth writing down and how to do that. Here are some tips for more effectively taking and organizing your notes.

Balancing your studying with attending online classes and preparing for assignments can be challenging, especially if you’re new to online learning. So, how do you keep your focus and avoid feeling overwhelmed?

There are three keys to being successful while learning online.

  • Get organized. Be sure to check eConestoga each day and download and explore the Zoom meeting software. Keep detailed notes of your classroom and textbook learnings in a central, accessible place. If you’re taking notes on a computer, be sure to regularly back up your information or store it in the cloud. Finally, create a calendar that shows your assignment deadlines and the dates of your exams.

  • Plan ahead. Schedule time to organize your notes, prepare for your assignments, and study for your exams. Use a planning tool – like a planner, calendar, or app – that can help you stay on task and remind you of any upcoming due dates. Be sure to leave yourself ample time and avoid cramming, which can increase your stress and result in lower quality work.

  • Stay connected. Check your student email every day. Be sure to regularly keep in touch with your instructor and teaching assistants and never be afraid to ask for help or clarification. Finally, always participate in online discussions, as directed.

Studying for a test or exam can be very stressful. However, in time you’ll establish ways to manage your study time effectively. The following spaced practice method can help get you started.

For information on learning online, study skills, digital well-being and more, visit the Learning Portal

Additional resources

If you have questions or need support, visit our IT Top Questions page to get quick answers to the most common questions. For additional help, visit the Learning at home page or the IT Support page.

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