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There are many conveniences of online education, particularly for those returning to school while maintaining a job or supporting a family; however, obtaining a degree online poses a unique set of challenges, such as staying organized and holding yourself accountable for your work throughout the semester. Joseph Chapman, director of student services at Arizona State University Online, has helped many students navigate the challenges faced when completing a degree online. Below are his top ten tips for success in online classes.
Plan to study at least two hours a week per credit and commit to those two hours at the same time each week.
Test all class components before the term starts and know where to get technical support in the event that you need it.
Establishing relationships with them will help you stay motivated to understand the material and ask questions.
In addition to the text assigned in class. Allot time each day to read these materials to stay up-to-date on current industry news and see how what you are learning applies to real life circumstances.
They will serve as a reminder of what you want to achieve and why you are completing your degree.
Completing a degree online is a big time commitment, and you will need their support and understanding
With assignment due dates and dates of major tests. This will ensure you don't fall behind, as once you get behind in an online class it is challenging to catch up.
This will help you feel connected to them, even in an online setting. If there are students from your classes located near you, form a study group to interact in person as well as online.
A quiet workplace without interruption from roommates or family is necessary for success in an online course.
Joining organizations related to your online degree allows you to network within your field and gain real-life insight in addition to the knowledge gained in class.