Online classes get mixed reviews. Sure, you can shamelessly sport your pajamas all day but you don’t get face-time with your professor, and it can be tough staying on top of assignments without a consistent weekly schedule.
Here are a few tips to make the most of your online classes.
Don’t think of your online classes as “easier.”
Students commonly make the mistake of choosing an online course because they assume it will be easier. Don’t go into an online class with the mindset that you could settle for the bare minimum. In the end, you’ll just end up struggling on the exams and not getting anything valuable out of a course.
Instead, treat the course like you would if you were in a classroom. Listen to the full lecture, do the readings, and spend an appropriate amount of time studying and completing assignments.
Talk to your professor.
Although you may not interact with your professor face-to-face, they’re still available to help as needed. But be proactive! Introduce yourself at the beginning of the semester and remember to give your professor a reasonable amount of time to respond to questions.
Create a schedule. And stick to it.
A weekly schedule will ensure that you stay on top of coursework and remain organized throughout the semester. We suggest Google Calendar, or using the calendar app on your phone. Create time slots for each course around the rest of your daily schedule.
OR Keep a planner.
If the online calendar isn’t for you—planners are a great tool for the online student. Having a syllabus is one thing, but keeping track of dates within a planner is a great way to actually visualize when each assignment should be done.
When you know how to make the most of your online classes, you’re sure to have a successful experience. What do you think the biggest challenges of online classes are? Share your answers with us in the comments below, or feel free to shoot us a tweet!