The key to getting a smooth start as a new online student

August 17, 2016 · 1 min read · By ASU Online
Starting anything new is intimidating, especially an online degree program. Joe Chapman, Arizona State University's director for online student services, shares some advice to help you get off to the right start in your online degree.

Getting ready to start an online degree program? Your head is likely swimming with ideas about what this will mean for your future — including that all-too-common surge of nerves that comes with starting something new.

It’s important to never let minor stresses turn into setbacks in your education. That’s why Joe Chapman, Arizona State University’s director for online student services, offers advice to help new online students abate fears and prepare to succeed. Below is a quick overview of Joe’s insights.

  1. To start, you should research your degree program and determine the credit requirements you need to complete. This helps you get a fix on your degree’s finish line.
  2. Next, check into financial aid and scholarship opportunities by speaking to an advisor or researching online. You may qualify for funding that can lessen the overall cost of your degree.
  3. Finally, reserve some time to explore the student resources provided through your degree program. From digital libraries to online tutors to career counselors, these resources can work to deliver an experience that helps your degree resonate in the real world.

For a more in-depth understanding of how you can set yourself up for success in your online degree program, check out the full article here.


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