Not so long ago, signing up for online classes used to be an option to traditional in-class instruction. The emergence of COVID and its impact on virtually every aspect of society has made it mandatory at many colleges and universities, citing the safety concerns that a return to campus might bring. Indeed, there are fans of online learning, while others might not be so comfortable with it — but must now have to adapt.
Online-only programs can present unique challenges if you’re not prepared. At PEAK Educational Consulting, we’re here to help you develop the skills you need to get the most out of it.
Study your syllabus and make note of major assignments: Mark them on a calendar so you know what workload is coming in the weeks ahead.
Create a weekly schedule and stick to it, designating certain hours each week to reading, watching lectures, completing assignments, studying, and participating in forums. Commit to making your online coursework part of your weekly routine.
Try time-blocking: Allot yourself a certain amount of time for each assignment before moving on to the next one and setting a timer to keep you on track.
Create a regular study space and stay organized: Create an environment that is conducive to learning — from your environment, to having all the materials you need to be successful, such as a high-speed Internet connection, the required textbooks and materials, etc.
Actively participate: Participate in the course’s online forum to help you better understand course materials and engage with fellow classmates.
Practice Makes Perfect
Online classes are an excellent option to help you earn that degree you need to fulfill your goals. Though they come with their own unique challenges, following these tips can help you be successful — even these most challenging of times.
The college planning process is filled with important decisions for students and their families. Let PEAK Educational Consulting be your guide every step of the way! For more information on the services we offer, call us at (877) 732-5338.