Being an online student is about motivation and hard work. Since you’re not meeting face to face communication may have a delay and can be more difficult at times. If you want to be a successful online learner, you’ll need to be able to communicate with your professor and peers in your classes.
If you’re having difficulty with a topic for a paper, bouncing ideas off your peers may help. If you have questions about the material or the subject in general then your instructor is a great fit for that position. The ability to create thought provoking questions are essential to success. These types of questions lead to a deeper understanding, along with gaining new knowledge about the material being questioned.