7 Ways to Be Successful as an Online Student

Taking college courses online can be hugely beneficial to students who need flexibility and control over their schedules, but there are some unique challenges involved with being an online student.

Here are some tips from ETSU Online for being a successful in your online classs:

  1. Students taking online courses need to be self-motivated. You’re responsible for your learning. Keep up with your assignments and assigned reading.
  2. Take online classes seriously. These aren’t watered-down or weaker versions of face-to-face classes.
  3. Be sure you have the right technology for the class (computer, speakers, microphone, software, internet connection, etc.). ETSU students can visit our Technical Resources Page for more information.
  4. If you don’t understand something, ask. Post in the forum or contact your professor directly. Your professor can’t see your face or your body language over the Internet, so be sure to communicate with him or her if you’re having difficulty with the material.
  5. Engage in discussions. Some professors count participation through number of posts, and most expect students to engage. Be sure you know what is expected of you in each class and follow the instructor’s directions.
  6. Schedule class time for yourself. Having dedicated time set aside that you use as class time will help you stay current on the material. Just like face-to-face classes a 3-credit-hour online course will require an investment of 10-15 hours per week.
  7. Use a time management system that works for you. Print out your schedule, put your dates into a digital calendar, whatever keeps you on track.

What tips would you add to our list for online students?

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