For some, online classes might sound intimidating or completely foreign to what they are used to. However, busy students who are currently employed might love the idea of online classes as it can lend to a flexible schedule. Participating in an online class requires some technical skills, but these skills can easily be learned through browsing the online classroom and reading helpful articles on the specific topic. With some motivation and independence, along with reading and writing skills, you will be on the way to acing your online class.
Be sure to thoroughly read the syllabus before the first day of class, maybe read it twice just to be sure you have a grasp on all the topics and what has been planned for the course. The syllabus is like the road map to the course, usually indicating the appropriate supplies needed to be successful and important due dates of major assignments, projects or tests. As you read the syllabus, try to formulate a long-term plan for completing the major assignments or preparing for a test. Having a good grasp on the syllabus will help you stay organized and on track.
Plan weekly study sessions, which may require designating a certain time each day of the week for studying or finishing assignments. Once you set up a manageable study schedule that works for you, stick to it and don’t deviate from the plan. Weekly study sessions and effective time-management are crucial to being successful in an online learning setting. Time-management doesn’t just happen; it is a skill that is learned throughout life or your academic career. Be sure to log into the course multiple times each week to ensure you aren’t missing anything.
Don’t be afraid to ask the instructor questions – communicate often and connect early. Creating a successful medium of communication will not only benefit you, but also your classmates and professor. This will also help you when you run into a challenge; you will be able to easily ask your instructor about the challenge and hopefully get a speedy answer. Take advantage of all the tools provided by your school to communicate with your instructor, be sure to use appropriate style and grammar when talking to your instructor.
Online classes are designed to be flexible for students who are busy with work or family throughout the day but have the desire to obtain a degree. However, that flexibility can hurt students who don’t know how to manage time efficiently. Online classes vary greatly depending on the topic or teacher, so be sure to take everything in the first week and after reading the syllabus. Also, try to make some connections with your fellow online classmates. They can be a great resource for studying or working on projects!
Hopefully this has been insightful and will help you through your online class endeavors. Learn more about the variety of online classes we offer to help non-traditional students.