4 Smart Tips for Successful Online Learning

4 Smart Tips for Successful Online Learning
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    Millions of students are taking college courses online, connecting with schools via the Internet as they work toward their degrees.

    Many colleges and universities now offer entire programs online, enabling students to take classes and obtain degrees without ever setting foot on campus.


If you are considering online learning, the following advice can help you get started.

1. School choice and academic program — Just as you would with a brick and mortar institution, your online school should meet certain criteria. Firstly, it should be accredited by a regional accrediting association. Secondly, the school should offer the academic programs you need to take to obtain your degree. Your coursework should be transferrable to another college in the event you decide to transfer. Online schools such as Kaplan University outline a clear transfer path for students.

2. Find a platform that is a good fit — When learning online, you may have to work with a software package to interact with the professor and with other students. That platform may include a dedicated delivery system for downloading assignments and uploading your finished work or it may involve extensive email interaction, perhaps both. You will want to use a computer that can handle the program, giving you access to everything when you need it.

3. Keep it in balance — You may want to start our online learning with one or two classes before taking a full schedule. Distant learning can be challenging especially for students not used to working on their own. Know the deadlines for each assignment including reports, tests and term papers. Take more classes only when you feel comfortable with the platform and the teaching style. Set aside 10-12 hours per week for each 3-credit course advises Syracuse University.

4. Maintain contact — One strong drawback of distant learning is that students do have ready access to a professor. If classes are held in real-time online, attend each class and be prepared to ask questions. Some schools may give you the option to review taped classes later on, but your lack of interaction could result in a lower grade. Communicate with your professor and students online, use email when necessary and take advantage of phone meetings, if available.

Reward System

Just as would do if you attended college in person, you’ll want to give yourself a break from online learning from time to time. Reward yourself advises Dakota State University, especially after you reach an academic goal such as completing a class.

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