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5 Reasons Why Students fail to Complete their Online Classes

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Online Classes: Ever since COVID, many prefer studying through online means. This is because online education helps to get a degree while being safe in the comfort of their home. In addition, they can schedule their classes according to their own pace.

While there have been students who thrive in online classes, there were some who failed miserably. If you are wondering what those reasons could be so that you try to avoid such mistakes, then this article is for you!

In this post, we will talk about five reasons why students fail to complete their online classes.

Failure Reason Number 1: Didn’t Prepare For Online Classes

When a person enrolled in any online degree program, they pray to earn it all without preparing to face any challenges.

However, to be a successful online student, you need to have self-motivation and proper time management skills. They help you remain focused in classes and put effort into completing all of your assignments. These are certain skills and habits that you need to work on separately.

This is because when you do not prepare for online classes, you will lose focus and get distracted easily which results in poor grades.

It is easy to lose focus in online classes as you are in your house rather than in a classroom setting. There is no authority to keep an eye on you. Hence, you have to do preparations on your own. Otherwise, you will fail to complete your online classes.

Failure Reason Number 2: Cannot Adapt To the Online Learning Environment

This is one of the most common reasons many students end up failing.

An online classroom has a quite different environment than that of a traditional classroom. Most online content is in text form or audio, which you have to read or listen to via your computer.

Their teaching style is also completely different from the traditional based learning style. All of this can be difficult to get used to as from a young age we are quite used to traditional-based learning where our instructor explains all the content to us.

Hence, many students find it difficult to study everything through a screen. It could be because they have a hard time reading text in soft copy or simply because of the disconnect they feel. Such students prefer attending physical classes and being in that setting to perform better.

Moreover, all of these plays a role in them losing interest in online classes, and soon they think of dropping out as they cannot grasp any topic.

Failure Reason Number 3: Lack Of Technology Skills

There is no doubt in admitting that one of the most basic requirements for online learning is that you need to have basic computer skills. These skills include logging into online classes, downloading assignments or syllabus, submitting assignments, communicating with teachers through voice chat, discussion board or video, etc.

If any student is unable to do such basic computer skills, they will face challenges while smoothly studying through online means. Such students may end up quitting their online course just because they feel that attending them is hard as they lack the necessary skills which are a necessity to make progress while learning.

Failure Reason Number 4: No Commitment To Finish The Degree

The person enrolled in traditional education is in a way tied to the organisation until they complete their degree. For instance, schools and colleges take fees and security deposits beforehand.

However, in online courses, a student is not making any commitments to complete their entire degree program. Hence, whenever they have a terrible week or a month, they can get an impulse to quit their study program as they have no obligations.

Failure Reason Number 5: Think Online Learning is Easy

This is another major reason many students end up failing to complete their online classes. Many choose online classes as their way of getting a degree because they think it will be easier. They assume they would not have to put in the same amount of effort and can easily cheat while doing exams and assignments.

While online education provides students with flexibility and the ability to learn at their own pace, it does not make the learning process easier.

You will still have to put in the same amount of effort to complete your assignments and study for exams as you do in traditional classes.

When students set wrong expectations with online courses, they face a hard time coming to terms after getting to know actual reality, which leads to them quitting.

Author Bio

James Cordon has an ongoing affair with the words that capture readers’ attention. His passion for writing dates back to his pre-blogging days. He loves to share his thoughts related to education technology and business.


Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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