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The First Year Online Experience

Whether you are a high school graduate looking to continue your education or have a gap in your college career, the decision to pursue higher education online includes many benefits. Being a virtual student allows you to learn at your own pace while taking the classroom with you. The online learning environment can be as rewarding as the face-to-face classroom, but without the strict schedule that a ground campus environment requires. It is an alternative, self-disciplined way of learning, but to get the most out of it there are several things for you to consider. Here are five tips to make the most out of the first year of online college experience:

 

  1. Always start the week by looking at everything that you must do to successfully complete the assignments for the week.

 

As opposed to attending classes on a ground campus, you do not have the reminders from your peers and instructors to complete assignments. Being self-motivated is essential for someone who attends classes online. Keep yourself on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed by noting all your assignment due dates in a planner or calendar. Once you have written down all your assignments, view your due dates in a weekly window. Always start the week by looking at everything that you must do to successfully complete the assignments for the week.

 

  1. Lay-out a schedule for yourself to complete each assignment or task.

 

While online courses allow you to work at your own pace, there are also deadlines that must be met. Refrain from procrastinating by laying out a schedule for yourself to complete assignments or participate in discussions.

 

  1. Make sure you set aside time EACH DAY to accomplish something, or start something that is class related.

 

Healthcare professionals aren’t developed overnight. It takes practice and patience to develop your skills to become a fundamental member of the medical field. Make sure you set aside time each day to accomplish course work. Taking 20 minutes out of the day to read a chapter, review notes, or make flash cards will help you retain information.

 

  1. Form a good network with your fellow classmates so you may help each other.

 

Although most online courses require independent work, it is a beneficial to form a network with your fellow classmates. Forming relationships allows you to help one another study, stay motivated, and enhance your online college experience. Start a group chat, email thread, or discussion post to stay in touch. Most importantly, remember that instructors are there to help you succeed. Keep an open dialogue with your instructor to be successful in your course—they are the most valuable resource!

 

  1. DO NOT wait until the last minute to try and complete everything the weekend it is due.

 

You shouldn’t have to compromise your life to pursue an education and online courses make it easy to balance both. Do not wait until the last minute to try and complete everything the weekend it is due. This causes you to fall behind on other assignments and does not give you the opportunity to absorb and interpret the material. Work smarter not harder.

 

If you are considering enrolling in an online college, these five tips will help you navigate through your course successfully. Healthcare is about making human connections. CHCP online courses are real people teaching real people. View the online programs CHCP offers here. The career of your life is only a few clicks away!