It’s back to the time where those that are studying a course at University or College are back to the grind and firmly waved goodbye to the summer. Even as thousands of students head back to campuses nationwide, enrolment in online courses continues to grow. If you fall into this bracket of students, are you organised for your online course?
Whatever your chosen subject, it’s important to set yourself up for success ahead of your new course of fresh start to the year. However, you may also work full or part time and juggle other family and personal responsibilities in addition to your education – you may feel this might get in the way, so to speak.
Here are a few ideas to help students get organized before beginning classes online.
A Structured Schedule
A sensible option is to get a head start by thinking through your personal and course schedules, organizing your materials and identifying a solid support structure for you and your family. Online courses are a significant commitment, and managing your time is critical.
It’s also a good idea to designate specific time frames to complete your schoolwork each day or week, and block off your calendar accordingly. If you work during the week, consider using a day during the weekend to finish. Using a calendar can help you know where you are and keep you on track, this can also remind you of possible assignment due dates.
Identifying A Study Space
While online education can be more flexible than a general University/College degree, where you have to go in every day or week, it’s still beneficial to designate a specific place to complete your work.
Depending on how you study, whether it be in total silence or a little of music here and there. You’ll want to find a space, where you can feel totally ‘in the zone’ and focus on your work. Also, ensure your workspace remains tidy and a reliable power source, with a strong internet connection. You will need to complete your assignments electronically, and instructors may require you to regularly log into the online classroom.
Connecting with Course Tutors Early
Much like when you meet someone new in any walk of life, it’s important to establish a relationship with them and perhaps build trust from that point. This also falls in the remit when connecting with you course tutor, despite perhaps only ‘meeting’ online and not in person.
In addition, it’s important to connect with the tutor before the course begins, as it is easier to reach out in the event of any questions you have about the syllabus or requirements – indicating your desired interest in the course and are committed to successfully completing.
Earning your degree online is not a walk in the park. surrounding yourself with family, friends and peers who motivate and encourage you can make a difference. Completing online courses requires discipline and structure, by being organised and in control you will have more chance in succeeding in your chosen subject. It pays to be the Early Bird when out catching the worm, you might even catch a first class degree!
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