Tips for Your Success
Many people entering into online educational programs have no idea what they're getting into. Because of certain social stigma, online schools are often misconstrued as being easily passed through, leaving many students to enter into various programs without the proper mindset to succeed in this realm. Keep these easy, simple tips in mind if you're considering online school and you should expect to do just fine.
- Make sure the technological components you possess are up-to-date. If you're planning on studying online, learn about system requirements necessary beforehand, such as hard-drive requirements and any potential media players, word processors, spreadsheet programs, etc. you may need. There's nothing more dis-heartening than realizing that you don't have the necessary materials to complete your big project when you're right in the middle of it.
- Take advantage of the teacher-issued Syllabus. Make sure you're keeping a daily calendar to keep track of where you are in relation to the Syllabus. This can also help you maintain a big-picture perspective which, for many students, is paramount to staying on track.
- Be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. This is equally important to students in the classroom and students enrolling online.
- Make sure your goals are realistic. Everyone likes to think they could complete an entire semester's worth of work the night before the final portfolio is due, but the truth is, this is a foolish attitude. Your education is no place for arrogance. Know what you're capable of and make sure that the goals you set for your work are about maintaining standards, not achieving light speed.
- Finish your assignments early. Getting things out of the way is great, especially in online courses, because it frees up your time to spend on the things you prefer. Most people would choose going out with their friends to staying home and knocking out papers the night before they're due. If those papers are done early, then you should have no setbacks from your evening out.
- Make sure to stay actively involved. If you don't understand something, talk to your professor about it. Make sure that you're logging into your coursework as often as possible, preferably at least once a day, but definitely no less than five times a week. Keep an eye on messageboards and assignments. Make sure you're staying active in the areas of discussion and always remember the previous rule.
- If your environment is not conducive to studying, how can you expect to be successful? Make sure that you're keeping an area tidy and free from distractions. This particular space should be dedicated exclusively to your academic endeavors. Try not to pollute it with outside influences if at all possible.
- Give yourself enough time to study. Do not think that skimming over a month's worth of material in half an hour is going to get you an A on the coinciding exam. You know what you're capable of, but make sure that you aren't relying too much on the S on your chest to come through for you on test day if you don't put the necessary effort in yourself.
- Take advantage of the resources your school provides. Obviously, free libraries and tutoring services are in place specifically to ensure your success. Do not let these services go unused.
- Make sure to stay motivated. Remind yourself constantly what you're working towards. Have big picture, non-academic goals that you can refer to help yourself muster up determination and always make sure that you don't fall into lax patterns or poor study habits.
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