Study Skills needed for success in online or hybrid courses

Watch the orientation video first, then review the study skills that can help you success in an online or hybrid courses.
  1. Download a copy of your course syllabus and read it carefully to make sure that you understand the course requirements, schedule, and due dates. If you have any questions to the syllabus, ask your professor for clarification. Check it frequently to make sure that you are on the right track and on schedule.
  2. Read the course instructions carefully. It will actually save your time as it will help you avoid making mistakes and help you study effectively.
  3. Log on to your course site at least once a day. Online discussion postings or collaborative activities can grow quickly. To take advantages of the online discussion and other course activities, you need to participate actively.
  4. When watching a video lecture, turn off all notifications on your mobile devices and computer. It is very important to remove all distractions when studying. Research has shown that multitasking on mobile devices during real lectures negatively affect college students' grade performance, according to Demirbilek and Talan (2018). It takes much longer to complete a learning task when you are distracted in every couple of minutes (Chew, 2014).
  5. Start early. Do not wait for the last day before the deadline to work on the assignments.
  6. Create a study plan with time allocation and stick to it.
  7. Keep a backup of all your coursework. Computers can have problems that cause data loss. You will have to redo everything when it happens if you do not have the backup.
  8. Manage and organize your files and email messages using folders. It will help you find your file(s) or email message(s) quickly later.
  9. Ask questions if you need clarification or help.
  10. Be considerate and polite when communicating with your peers and instructors.

Online or hybrid courses can provide a new, exciting and effective learning experience for you. They also provide great flexibility in terms of time and place of study. However, to be successful, you need to take charge and be responsible for your learning, be self-motivated and disciplined, and be willing to make an effort to become an active knowledge builder and problem solver.


Chew, S. (2014). Helping students to get the most out of studying. In Applying science of learning in education (pp. 215 - 223). Retrieved from

Demirbilek, M. and Talan, T. (2018, July 1). The effect of social media multitasking on classroom performance. Active Learning in Higher Education, 19(2). Retrieved from