How to Do Well in an Online College Course

Online college courses may not be exactly what you are expecting. Although online courses do help ensure that you will have enough time for your schoolwork with your already hectic lifestyle, they are not as easy as one may think. But never fear; follow these tips and you are sure to succeed!


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    Consider asking your professor or Dean if you can take any sort of test to receive credits for a subject you already know. AP, CLEP, DANTES and other programs are also used for this purpose. If you are interested in taking an online course because you wish to learn something and simply prefer an online environment to a classroom environment, read on.
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    Evaluate yourself to find out if online learning will be beneficial for you. Because ways of learning differ, some people are better served by real-time, face-to-face instruction.
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    Make sure you have the time to devote to classwork. In traditional online classrooms, all of your lectures, classwork, testing, and class participation happens on your own time. Make sure that you have space in your schedule to accommodate the course.
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    Let your housemates know that you are in school and that you need uninterrupted time to study. This may not work (especially if you have small children to care for), but it could save you some frustration to have your housemates aware of your online work.
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    Keep in touch with your professor! Many professors will provide you with various means of contact, such as telephone numbers and email addresses. If they do not provide you with this information, be sure to ask for it. If you ever have any questions about the course, do not be afraid to ask them.
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    Print out the syllabus for the course. Many people need to see things on paper to really understand it. Also you may want to mark off the assignments that you have completed or highlight the ones that will be due soon.
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    Set a schedule for yourself. The most important key to succeeding in an online college course is to make sure that you actually complete the assignments on time. In order to keep up with the work, you will need to be self-paced. The best way is to set aside a certain time of the day or week during which you will complete your school assignments. Just think of it as attending class at a certain time each week.
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    Be sure to use an agenda (day planner or calendar). Write down what assignments you have coming up. This will help keep you on track.
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    Always post on the discussion board when you are required to. It counts as class participation and is often a significant part of your grade. Keep in mind that not only do you need to post, but you also need to do it in a timely manner.
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    Read the course material that you are assigned. You will most likely be quizzed on the reading material or will be required to write a paper based on it.


  • Stay in touch with professors as well!
  • Submitting assignments early ensures you don’t miss a due date do to a computer glitch.
  • It helps to have easy access to a reliable computer and internet connection.
  • Before signing up for online courses, especially tech-based classes, make sure your computer has enough RAM and hard drive space.


  • Do not think that an online course will be easy just because you are not required to physically go to class. Many students find online courses more challenging.
  • Don't take on more than you have time to. You'll be setting yourself up for failure: very expensive failure.

Things You'll Need

  • $$ Money to pay for the class $$
  • Computer
  • The internet

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Categories: College University and Postgraduate