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Top 5 Tips for Excelling in Online Courses

Helpful Insight From Past Students

Since we've been offering online courses since the late 90's, we've learned a thing or two of what's needed to do well in an online course.

So below are the top five tips we can recommend...

  1. Assess your strengths and preferences.
    Quickly recall moments when you excelled academically...
    • Were you a night owl or an early bird?
    • Were you comforted by others or prefer the quiet of solitude?
    • When taking a test, did you see graphs and words, or did you hear the professor’s voice while covering a point?

  2. Create a routine.
    Though part of the benefit of an online course is the flexibility,  (courses are asynchronous), routines are recommended.
    • Every morning schedule a specific time to log in and view any new announcements by your professor or peers.

  3. Participation is key.
    In lieu of an actual classroom, group discussions are designed to immerse you in the course and simulate a social learning experience.

  4. Read thoroughly and ask questions.
    Unlike a traditional course where the professor can gauge and read their audience, that’s not really a possibility online. So call your professor or e-mail them if you have any questions.
    • If you’re e-mailing a question, use a specific subject line ("ENGR 3600 – question on this week’s assignment").
    • Be sure attachments are in a format your professor can open.
    • Remember that grammar and punctuation always count.

  5. Mark it down.
    Give yourself the best opportunity to excel in your online course by staying on top of due dates of tests and assignments.


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