Academic Advice: The Top 5 Online College Tips

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By CCU Staff

When attending college online, there is a great deal to keep track of. Online learning is very convenient but it comes with its own obstacles that must be overcome. Few degrees worth having come easy.

The good news is that online learning can be made easier with a few good practices. Join us as we review some of the best online college tips for keeping focused and landing good grades.

#1: Study Your Course Materials

This tip is a simple one and yet a surprising amount of students don't do it. If you want to guarantee a good grade in your course, you need to study.

This goes beyond reading what is needed to do your homework. If a text is assigned, read it. There isn't any downside to doing so beyond the time commitment.

These materials will help you master what is required of you and gauge where you might weak. If something confuses you, it's time to review that part of the course or even talk with your professor. 

Studying is about memory and recall. You need enough time to really absorb what you're reviewing. If you rush studying or skip it entirely, you're going to miss information the course is meant to deliver you.

#2: Be Your Own Boss (and Be a Good One)

When taking an online course, it's easy to get lost in the weeds. Online classes often have an element of anonymity some students aren't used to. 

In high school, most students have little control. They are told when to get up, when to go to school, and what to do. Much of this isn't true when it comes to online learning.

You need to be your own boss, making sure to check your assignments and any announcements your professor makes. If you drop the ball, it's usually you who is to blame and it could cost you points off your grade.

Attending college online means freedom and convenience but it also means discipline. Pay close attention to what a course requires of you and deliver what is asked.

#3: Budget Yourself Enough Time

Budgeting your time isn't always easy. College students often must live a double life, working to pay the bills while also needing to do course work and study. 

That said, college requires some of your time. Whatever else you intend to do in your life, you must remember to budget some time for coursework.

We won't deny some classes are harder than others; not every class takes a great deal out of your day to pass. However, when it comes to tougher classes or bigger assignments such as essays, time management is key.

As a good rule of thumb, finish your work as early as you can. This will give you more time to do it if there is an issue, more time to check it when you're done and help you better predict how the rest of your time can be spent.

#4: Choose a Good School

There's an uncomfortable truth about online schools we don't want to ignore. Many online colleges are scams; some don't even give out legitimate degrees.

If you're going down the online learning path, there are good options to choose from. We include ourselves on that list too (and we have testimonials backing that up).

Before you pay to take a given college's courses, do some research to make sure they offer what you need. Because you don't need to travel, you have many options to choose from; you don't need to rush.

This may sound like odd advice coming from an online college but we believe in our programs. If you research our school and our staff, we think you'll see why we're confident. 

#5: Contact Your Professor as Needed

In an online course, the truth is that you are somewhat anonymous. Many professors will only know a small bit about you. They will grade your assignments and otherwise may assume you're doing what is required without issue.

Some students thrive in this setting but others worry they won't have a chance to ask questions or get clarification. Luckily, there is an easy solution to this. Contact your professor!

If something is confusing you or you are having an issue, contacting a professor can make a huge difference. It can help a professor understand your personal struggles and they can often present solutions to any issues you're having.

That said, remember to read your syllabus and assignments first. It can be annoying if a student asks for info they already have been given. But if you can't find it anywhere, your professor is sure to know what you need.

Keep in mind, however, that professors are busy people. If you have an issue, contact them early so they have time to respond in a way that's helpful to you. 

We Hope These Online College Tips Serve You Well

These have been just a few online college tips to help you land good grades and reduce your academic stress. College may not be easy but it also does not have to be hard.

As a sort of bonus tip and a thread present throughout this list, remember not to procrastinate! Whether it is doing your work or asking questions, do it early for the best chance of success.

If you'd like more info about our programs, request it here. You can also call or email us using the information on that same page. 


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