Students transitioning to an online degree program must develop self-discipline and motivation to ensure their success. Although online education gives students more flexibility to juggle career and home responsibilities with coursework, the rigor of online classes is the same as it is for students attending classes in person, with online courses often being taught by the same faculty teaching on campus.
Students completing coursework online should stick to a schedule. Successful online students practice time-management skills and set aside time dedicated to their courses each day.
Setting up a study space is another key to success. Students should create a space for themselves that is free of distraction and has a reliable Internet connection so they can access their courses and submit coursework. Students may also need to update their computer or laptop with required software, multimedia tools, and other resources such as a webcam or microphone.
Connecting with classmates is a third way to ensure a smooth transition to an online degree program. Students should look for their college’s social media pages, participate in online discussion forums, and research their school’s online clubs.
Finally, students should reach out to their university’s’ support services, such as enrollment counselors, academic advisors, and success coaches, when they need help with administrative tasks or have other questions about their degree program.