5 Tips to Succeeding in Online College

online collegeEnrolling in online classes can make college possible for a lot of busy people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to complete a degree program. While online classes create a convenient environment to attend college, it comes with its own set of challenges.

Check out these five tips to succeeding in online college.

1.  Involve Yourself

Remaining involved in your classes is essential. Logging on several times each week will not only keep you from falling behind on the class curriculum, but it will also give you an opportunity to interact with your instructors and fellow students.

Being persistent with your interaction will give you a chance to get to know your class community and receive answers to the questions you may have. For some online classes, discussions are not only a beneficial part of the learning process, but also a requirement for a participation grade.

2.  Create a Productive Environment

While attending class on a campus you are usually placed in an environment that is conducive to learning. When it comes to online college, you are responsible for creating such an environment for yourself. It is important to create a productive environment free of distractions.

If you are a parent, ensure you are completing schoolwork when your children do not need your undivided attention. If you are attending online college while employed, separate the two so you are able to focus on each independently.

Setting up a consistent location that you visit to complete schoolwork can help you transition from the commotion of life to focus on schoolwork.

3.  Get to Know Your Instructors

It is always a good idea to get to know your instructors, as you want to feel comfortable reaching out to them when you have questions. For online students, getting to know your instructors right away can make for a smoother process down the line when you are completing the duration of your degree program. Consider reaching out to your instructors at the start of the class to introduce yourself.

If you attend a college that offers both online and residential classes, visit your instructors on campus if they have office hours.

4.  Stay Connected

Staying connected while enrolled in online classes is very important. Because you are not physically in contact with instructors and other students on campus, ensuring that you are regularly checking your email is a necessary to stay up to date on class details. Most colleges recommend that students, whether they are taking online or residential classes, check their emails at least once per day. Through emails, instructors will notify their students of updates to class schedules, due dates, etc.

5.  Stick to a Schedule

Creating a weekly schedule for yourself can be beneficial for many reasons. The flexibility of online college can make it easy to procrastinate or fall behind. Using a daily planner to schedule all school, work and personal tasks can make it much easier to identify times when you can offer your full attention to schoolwork.

It is also important to be realistic with your schedule. Schoolwork can be time-consuming and should be given an adequate amount of time each week.