How To: Handle Online Classes


Sometimes, when you want (or need) to take a class and it just doesn't fit into your regular schedule, your best option is to take the class online. I took several online classes during the semester and I'm going to be taking two online over the summer. It can be hard to balance online classes with other commitments - but if you are dedicated you can learn how to keep control and get all of your work done on time. There are a few things you should make sure to always do when taking an online class:

  1. Carve out time every week (at least twice a week) to take notes, watch all the lectures and get homework done. This means treating this time like an actual lecture and paying attention to the video and taking notes on it!
  2. Study for this class like all of your other classes. This means you should make sure to look over your notes at least 15 minutes every day a long with all of your other class notes.
  3. If you have to take an exam make sure you know the rules. Some online classes require students to be in a proctored environment to make sure they don't cheat so always look at the requirements before beginning an exam.
  4. Keep track of your due dates. This is probably one of the most important tips because it can be really hard to keep track of due dates for a class that exists entirely online but writing all of the due dates down in a google calendar or your planner really helps out.
  5. Find a study buddy. Get in contact with another student from the class and see if they would be willing to meet up and discuss/study for the class every couple of weeks.

Online classes can be lots of hard work - but if you start with the tips above and treat them just like a regular class and you should be fine!