Advice for all those taking an online class

I’m currently taking an online class so I thought it would be a cool idea to create a compilation of tips and advice for students who plan on taking online classes on the future.

My class is structured so that we have weekly assignments, so it’s not like the other online classes in which you have until the midterm/final to turn everything in. Therefore, the “pace yourself” advice doesn’t apply that much to my class. Anyways, here’s what I have.

  1. Don't be afraid to email your teacher.
  2. If you have a roster of the other people taking your class, try to find them on social media to create a support group. Approach them gently as some may be weirded out that you took the initiative to google them. Maybe start it out by saying, "My friend who took an online course last year said that a support group would be helpful."
  3. Find an environment you work best in for each type of assignment. I find it hard to read at school because I can't focus and I find it hard to do my worksheets at home because I spend so much more time on them than I need to, so I do my readings at home and my worksheets at school. It becomes more efficient that way.
  4. Take notes even if you don't have to.

Add to the list!

With my 2 online classes they give you assignments each week to do, and a due date, but it’s a loose due date, you just have to get the stuff done by the end of the semester.

  1. Keep on schedule.
  2. Use holidays to get ahead so you're not scrambling at the end of the semester.
  3. I find that emailing my teacher with a specific goal "I'm going to finish these assignments by this date" helps.

I agree! I am taking over 5 classes online right now (no I’m not homeschooled) and the above tips are wonderful. I especially love numbers 1 and 7. It is important to establish a relationship with your teacher! Motivational quotes and a “study wall” also help me. I write on colored sticky notes goals that I need to accomplish and I stick them on my wall. I also stick bulletins, course overviews, and a whiteboard to practice problems. Hard work pays off!