Rules for Effective eLearning

FOUR Rules for Effective eLearning


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People think that eLearning means we can study anywhere we want. That is half true and half false. It is true that different people would want to study at different places. eLearning helps you to learn no matter where you are. BUT, if you want eLearning to be effective, you must study at the same place every day.

In other words, you will have a fix a space in your house that you will occupy when you are learning online.

Your first preference must be a desk that is facing a wall (without a window). When you are sitting at the desk, you should not be able to see anything that distracts you - a view from the window on the street, a television, etc.

If you do not have a desk, find any place where you have least distractions and where you can SIT comfortably. Studying while lying down on a sofa or a bed is highly ineffective and must never be practiced.


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It is true that eLearning allows people to study anytime they want. But, it is most effective when you fix a learning schedule and a fixed study time. Over a period of days, your mental clock gets attuned to the new learning schedule. And, you are also less likely to miss your online learning sessions.

Now, what's the best time to study maths? The best time to learn at Mathbuster when your alertness level is highest. If you are a morning person, you may be alert from 8 AM - 9 AM. If you are an evening person, you may want to study from 7 PM - 8 PM. Just fix ONE hour everyday at a time convenient to you.


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At MathBuster, you will have access to 100% of all content when you begin. You may be tempted to do one topic in one chapter today and then move over to some other topic in some other chapter. Well, this random movement across the course will not help you succeed. In fact, chances are after one month or a few months, you will not have learn anything.

Learning is not a random activity. There has to be a sequence that needs to be followed. So, first choose a chapter that you want to study. Then do each topic in that chapter in the prescribed sequence. This is the right eLearning practice.


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Mathematicians get stuck often. You will also get stuck often. You will see a video and it wont make sense to you. You will read a solution and you wont know whats going on. You will try to do a problem on your own, but you wont be able to figure out the next step.

Developing a strategy to get unstuck is part of learning maths. So, here is what you need to practice when you get stuck:

1.   Start Over: Suppose a video does not make sense. Pause it and watch it from the beginning again. This time, with more attention.

2.   Step Back: If you do not understand a concept, topic, or a problem, go back one topic. Sometimes you have to go back a chapter. For example in Geometry, a lot of results and theorems from one chapter are frequently used in other chapters that follow.

Ask: If starting over and stepping back does not work, ask your instructor for help. Put a comment on the discussion forum and wait fo tthe response. Then explain your problem carefully and clearly.