Be a Successful Online Student

Starting school can be very stressful and exciting at the same time.  It’s important that you start your first semester with success.  Here are five simple ways to being a successful online student.

1. Get organized

Before classes begin, make sure that you have all of the textbooks and other materials you need. Also, make sure that you are familiar with the online tool used for the classroom experience.  Navigate around the site in order to get familiar with it. Some sites may not be open until classes begin. In that case, ask your advisor if there is a demonstration site you can visit to practice.

2. Look over the class syllabus

Each class has a syllabus that tells you everything you need to know. It will be posted on the course site. This document covers what you are going to learn in the course and what is expected from you as a student. It also lists each assignment and when it is due. It’s always good to put all the assignments on your calendar as soon as the class begins to avoid surprises.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Your professors want you to succeed.  Do not hesitate to ask questions about tests and assignments.  You may find that your classmates have the same questions, and you will feel better once you have more information.

4. Find balance

It is important that you balance your studies with your work, family life, etc.  Find time throughout the day (morning, lunch break, night?) that you can read and do homework.  If you prioritize what’s important to you and set aside family time, work time and study time, you will be less likely to get overwhelmed.

5. Know your tools

Make sure you are familiar with the Internet, email, search engines like Google, the course management website that will be used (e.g. Blackboard).  It is not uncommon for all communication within an online course to happen online in the course site through email or through other means.  It is very important you are familiar with all of the systems you need to be successful.

Published on May 06, 2014