There are many resources for online students. Though this is true, I figured I’d make some room in my blog to express some great Tips for getting through online school. If you want to know more about Online Schools vs. Physical Schools, check out that blog post elsewhere in my blog.
As this is being written, I am officially in my PhD. Mostly online and with three residencies involved (so there is some physical campus activities I will participate in). I did all of my degrees online as I was busy with life and unable to attach myself to one singular physical college and location. It worked best for me. Though there were trade-offs. We will go into those in my other mentioned blog post.
1.) Do NOT make the mistake of assuming everyone in online college is a scholar and will be productive. Especially in Group Projects. The dropout/failure rate for online colleges is tremendous
2.) Don’t believe it when they say online is easier than a physical campus. Nobody is around to hold your hand, answer multiple questions, as well as to possibly snoop off of (for those who believe cheating is best.. Dummy). There is less chance you’ll have people to work with, study with, etc…
3.) To be a productive online student, one must LIVE for it. In this I mean, you must dedicate yourself to your schooling. It is a full-time job per say. That is, if you want to actually learn and get degrees that you can retain knowledge in
4.) To be productive, you must make sure you put time aside every week to read, research, do Individual Projects, do Group Projects, properly communicate with classmates and teachers, and MUST be willing to take criticism. Criticism should be welcomed, not disregarded. We can only become better by acknowledging our weak points, and learning how to improve them
5.) Utilize Google, libraries, articles, databases, and the wealth of resources your college offers. Learn the required writing style such as APA. This will help you during your entire education and as a writer with any documents
6.) Create your own schedule that works for you. This means properly setting up study times, production times, and research times
7.) Make sure choose an online college that best suits your financial capabilities, educational goals, AND IS ACCREDITED
8.) Gain some peers for which you can chat about relevant materials. This will help you understand others, their ways of thinking, will give you the ability to learn more, and will help take some pressure off. Practice makes perfect so make sure you practice what you learn or at least keep relevant in it
9.) Understand that the greatest attribute online school gives you over a physical school is.. (and this is where most dropout or fail at), the ability to self manage your tasks, documents, assignments, time, resources, etc… The greatest thing one can do when entering the workforce is to prove and show that you don’t need your hand held. That you can, alone, research and find answers, even when they are not right in front of you
10.) Push yourself. Always push yourself. Don’t just get through college, Learn what you are studying and try to keep up to date with it.
11.) IT IS UP TO YOU WHAT YOU RETAIN, LEARN, AND UTILIZE. Nobody can give you that.. YOU MUST DO THAT PART YOURSELF!! Dedication is key!!
Albert Einstein once stated,
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school” – A. Einstein