• Yvanne Hayes

Be ready for Online Class

Updated: Aug 22

Distance learning is a great (and convenient) way to advance your career and education. In fact, an online course is much like a face-to-face course in that it must meet the highest standards of quality design and instruction. But that also means it comes with the same fears of "can I handle the course work," etc. In addition, many people are not fully prepared for online learning. They think that everything will be done for them, or that the material is simple to understand. However, this is not always the case.

Online learning can be challenging and require a lot of effort on the part of the student. Here are some tips to help make the transition easier:

1) Set realistic expectations - online learning is not like traditional classroom learning. There are no professors to provide support and advice, so it is up to the student to find resources and ask questions if they are confused.

2) Make sure you have everything you need to start - Locate the computer requirements document on the school Web site. Make sure your computer fits the requirements and you have the right peripherals (printer, speakers, microphone, etc) and software (Adobe Acrobat to read . PDF files, Microsoft Word for writing papers, etc.)Once you have those things in place, make sure they all work!! Most schools provide the software as downloads from their technical support page, so check that out before you buy the software.

3) Set aside some physical space for class - Set aside some space in your home to keep your school stuff. It is important to have some organization, even if it's just two folders — a physical one for important papers and a folder on your computer where you put all your papers. Put your books, some blank paper, a pen, and a highlighter all in one place. If you are planning to use multiple computers like one at home and one at work, buy a backpack to keep all your stuff in so it is portable and handy.

In conclusion, online education is becoming more and more popular. If you want to be successful in your online class, you need to be prepared. Be organized, stay focused, and ask for help when you need it. With a little bit of preparation, you can succeed in your online class and get the education you need to succeed in your future.

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