Despite what you might think, online classes can sometimes be more difficult than traditional classes—especially for those who are used to interaction with classmates, depend on immediate face-to-face feedback from professors and those who focus better in a school not home environment. But there are some simple things you can do to help you easily transition from a traditional to online classroom setting. To find out what those things are, continue reading below.
If you are enrolled in an online class offered through a community college or university, chances are you will be asked to attend an orientation at the brick-and-mortar facility. If this is the case, it’s highly imperative that you attend orientation. Here, the department head will talk about your program, students will get their user IDs, and students will be required to log-in to the school’s system and set up an e-mail account (if they don’t already have one). At this time it’s important to familiarize yourself with how to use the e-mailing system and the course management site so that you can get professional assistance if you have any questions.
The second thing you want to do is make sure that you know how to contact all important personnel, including your professor, classmates, technical support, financial aid, and career advisers. Just because you are taking classes online doesn’t mean that you won’t run into the same complications that a student attending a traditional class would. So get all of the important contact information.
Lastly you need to work on your time management skills. Just because your class is online doesn’t mean that you don’t need to put any effort. You actually need to make time to attend your classes. So ask your professors how much time they think you’ll need to put aside in order to be successful in the class each day. If they are unable to even give you a fair estimate, then you should probably consider switching professors. After your prof gives you an estimated time, it’s important that you set aside a specific block of time to “attend” class each day. A good way to do this is to make a schedule of all your other obligations throughout the day (work, family time, etc.) and then whatever block of time is open use that time to go to class. If you still want the traditional classroom feeling—you can attend class the same time everyday. Getting into a routine is a good way for you to stay on track.