When starting an online course, many students neglect planning, opting instead to jump in and begin working. While this might seem efficient (after all, who wants to spend time planning when they could be doing?), it can ultimately be inefficient.
We want to help you work as efficiently and effectively as possible in your OLI course, given what you already know. You may have taken related courses, and may be familiar with some of the concepts in the course that you are taking. In that case, you may not need to work through all of the activities in the course; just enough to make sure that you’ve “got it.” For others, this is your first exposure to a particular topic, and you may need to do more of the activities, since you are learning these concepts for the first time.
The idea of planning your approach to the course before you start is called metacognition.