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Best way to be successful in online classes?

As a current online only student you are required to be self disciplined and highly motivated. However is there any other tips for success that anyone has particularly in regards to balancing your family life, work, and school?
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Arianna’s Answer

Hello Brittany,


With more and more colleges offering online courses this is a question that comes up often. The best advice I can give you is to learn excellent time management skills. Currently, I advise students that are doing their entire degree program online, and they all agree that time management is crucial for success in an online environment. I will say that just because a course is online does not mean it is easier. On the contrary, many of the students I work with have said that online learning can be challenging. Be prepared to work hard and dedicate a lot of time to your course. Sharpening your writing skills will also be helpful, as online courses are heavy in writing. Remember to keep the lines of communication opened between you and your professors. Just because a course is online does not mean you cannot reach out to them. At CUNY SPS, where I work the advisors and students work very closely making sure their transition to online learning is a positive one. An advisor is a resource that strongly encourage students to take advantage of.


Hope this helps! Good Luck!


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Arianna

Arianna recommends the following next steps:

Create a schedule
Keep the lines of communication with professors opened.
Ask questions!
Utilize all the support that the school offers (tutoring, advisors, mentors, etc)
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Amy’s Answer

I have been a Virtual Learning Coach for over 15 years. Two of my children have only been virtual for their entire K-12 educations. The key is to look ahead at your workload and set a time just like you would for a regular school day. Use your resources wisely. There are so many resources for assisting you to understand your lessons ( Khan Academy, You tube etc.) Remember you are in control. Stay in contact with your teachers. Take advantage of any tutoring sessions that are available to you. Make sure you truly understand the concepts. The advantage to being virtual is that you can watch the lessons over and over again. Remember to get up and stretch and work when you are most productive. Sometimes my children liked to sleep in and then work in the evenings. Never let yourself fall behind. The work can add up quickly. Lastly, put your phone on silence.
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Brad’s Answer

-Set aside time! Set a schedule to ensure you are holding yourself to it
-Be present - avoid distractions
-Invest in yourself
-Be brave in your thoughts
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Rachel’s Answer

You've come to the right place! Online classes are very convenient and I took a lot of them during my undergrad career. Here is how to be successful in them:


  1. Stay on track - do assignments early, finish things a head of time, and be aware of all of your deadlines
  2. do all the the assignments and read all of the coursework required- do not cut corners
  3. use Google calendar to keep track of deadlines
  4. communicate with your professor early if something comes up
  5. do not be afraid to ask for an extension if you need one
  6. study, and study a lot! you don't have regular class sessions so you will need to put in more work at home.
  7. Do your best and genuinely try hard to give it your all.
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