Online classes are a convienent option for students with busy schedules that just can't find the time to make it to class everyday. They allow you to get those credits you need without having to step foot on campus. However, there are some things you should realize and consider before making the decision to enroll in these types of courses.
Here's 4 fast tips to help you be successful as an online student at ICC:
1. Don't procrastinate
Procrastination is an online student's worst enemy. The worst thing you can do is to think that because you don't have to actually meet for class, you don't have to do your work on time. You must work at the instructor's pace or you will get left behind. Also remember that we are dealing with technology here; so submitting an assignment that's due by 12:00 pm Thursday at 11:55 pm Wednesday probably isn't the best idea. We all know that wifi, computers and programs tend to fail us at the worst possible times!
2. Be organized
Create and label designated folders for your assignments as well as files and materials provided to you by the instructor (syllabus, schedules, notes, etc). Keeping everything organized this way will make your life easier as an online student by allowing you to quickly access what you need rather than having to go back through loads of content to find something you or the instructor posted weeks ago.
3. Take responsibility
Being an online student means that you don't have a teacher watching what you do. You are responsible for your own learning process. The content from the online classes you are taking will most likely be beneficial to you in the future so don't cheat yourself by not reading or doing something the instructor asks... even if they will never know if you did it. Also, if you have questions, take it upon yourself to ask for clarification. It's easy to get behind in an online class if you don't understand something. The teachers may not be in the classroom with you, but they are still there to help.
4. Create a positive workspace
Find a place with limited distractions where you can be productive. Get yourself a cup of coffee, put on some soothing music, make yourself comfortable and get stuff done... preferably in your pajamas!