The summer semester begins next week, and the majority of courses will be delivered online. While this form of instruction may be intimidating for some, others love the flexibility it provides. Regardless of your stance, you’ll want to follow these tips to set yourself up for success.
- Arrange for computer access and reliable internet in advance: You need regular access to a computer and reliable internet that meets technical requirements for participating in online and blended courses. Check OTC’s Computer Requirements page for recommended technology.
- Establish good study habits and stick to them: Dedicate time each week to participate, study and complete course work online. An online education offers flexibility, but it requires discipline and strong time management skills. Be mindful of work deadlines, family obligations and other commitments when setting aside time for your course(s).
- Interact with your classmates: Share your perspectives and experiences with others so that you can enhance class discussion. Participation demonstrates your mastery of the subject matter and promotes community with your peers who play an important role in your educational growth.
- Stay engaged: Stay engaged with your lessons, instructors and classmates. You may not have a lot of time to devote to school work each day, but make a habit of checking-in on a regular basis to look at new content, discussion posts and announcements. Over time, this will help you manage the workload and get the most out of online learning.
- Communicate: Don’t wait until an assignment is due or past due to ask questions, report technical problems, misunderstandings, or other barriers to completing course work on time. Remember that your instructor does not have the benefit of seeing your body language or fielding your questions in real-time. If a problem or question arises, speak up immediately – your instructor wants to help.
- Apply your knowledge: Apply skills and concepts you learn to activities, problems or processes in your personal or professional lives. Knowledge and skill-building is most powerful when you apply them to situations in your own life.
- Connect to resources you need to succeed: In addition to your instructors, OTC provides a variety of Student Resources to support you. Seek them out when needed.
By following these tips, you’re sure to impress yourself – and others – with what you can accomplish online this summer. Reach out to your instructors, connect with your classmates and take advantage of OTC’s many resources. We’re here to help you succeed.