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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!