If you are at a college that allows students to combine online and on-campus courses, you may be wondering how it will all work out.
Have no fear. My College Guide is here to give you the advice you need to successfully manage an online course.
Taking Online Courses
Organization — As an on-campus student, you’ve got a lot on your plate already. You are probably involved in your campus and you’ve got clubs, activities, and volunteer work on top of your regular college coursework. When you enroll in an online course, there isn’t anyone to remind you to turn in your work or complete your reading. You need to be organized. Whether you turn to your smartphone for organizational help or you go “old school” and write it all down, you need to find a method that works for you.
Proofread, Proofread, Proofread — This goes for your on-campus classes, too! Always take the time to proofread. Whether you are typing out an answer to an essay question, writing a long term paper, or just sharing your thoughts on the class message board, take the time to correct your errors. For those major assignments, many colleges have writing centers where you can get a second opinion on your work. Take advantage of the help! Don’t miss points because you used “their/there” wrong.
Don’t Procrastinate — When you’ve got a packed schedule, it’s easy to push things aside. But in an online course (like many on-campus courses) there is no extra credit or make-ups. If you miss the deadline to turn in an assignment, you won’t get another opportunity.
It’s Not a Blow Off Class — You might think that “online” equals “easy” but don’t fall into that trap! There is a whole lot of work involved in an online course. There can be a lot more reading, weekly essay questions and follow-up student responses, as well as term papers and even Powerpoint projects. Treat it like you would any other college course and be prepared to work hard!
Creating Community – It can be difficult to feel like a part of the class and not just a number on a screen. Many online courses have a forum area where you can shoot the breeze or discuss the course with other students. It can be very helpful to get involved. It helps you connect to the course and, since you probably aren’t the only on-campus student taking the class, you may share a class in the future with some of these same students. And it’s always nice to know someone right off the bat, right?
Online College Classes: The Truth
It’s a whole different experience to jump from a traditional on-campus course to an online course.
Keep our tips in mind, however, and you are sure to stay on top of everything and make your GPA shine!
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