So, I’ve taken two online classes at MC, and I am now taking my third. I thought I would give some tips on how to handle them.
- Write down your schedule. Whether you use a planner or a calendar, it is super important to physically write down your schedule. When you are taking an online class, it can be easy for things to get forgotten or mixed up in the electronic world. In a physical class, you see your professor and classmates who can remind you of assignments, but that is not the case for online learning.
- Always do your assignments in advance. When using technology, there is a lot of room for error. If you are trying to turn in your assignment a few days early and have issues, you can contact your professor and get it sorted out. However, if you are doing it at the deadline, you may not get the issue resolved before it is due. Always add in the time for error when doing online work.
- Triple check your work. When doing online work, you may think you are fine because you have spellcheck, but spellcheck does not always catch everything. Sometimes you can misspell a word, like “from” and it ends up as “form” and spell check will not catch it and your work ends up not making sense.
- Try to get to know your professor. Having an online class can make it hard to create a relationship with your professor that you would have made in an in-person class. At the beginning of the semester, send your professor a little hi and get-to-know-you message. This way, if you ever have any issues, you already have a relationship with them and things will go more smoothly.
Online classes are a great resource for many students! Just make sure to follow these steps to stay on top of your online-class game.