If you’re apprehensive about taking courses online, don’t worry. Here are four ways you can stay on track and crush your academic goals this term:
1. Get ready.
There’s a myth that online classes are easier than traditional classes— but really, they’re not. In fact, online courses are equivalent in content and rigor to JWU’s traditional face-to-face courses. Before classes begin, make sure you’re prepared, both physically and mentally, for what you signed up for.
Success tip: Access your courses ahead of time and read the syllabus. This way, you can make sure you know what’s coming and that you have all necessary texts or resources.
2. Schedule your time.
You should expect approximately 10 hours of coursework per week, per course. Although the structure of the online classroom is asynchronous—meaning you can complete assignments on your own schedule—time management is key in order to meet your goals.
Success tip: Consider mapping out your time for the week. Allow enough time for your career, schoolwork, personal obligations, and down time.
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3. Communicate frequently.
We recommend accessing each course site at least four times throughout the week. Frequent check-ins and class communications will help keep you on track with your assignments.
Success tip: Ask questions! Your instructors and classmates are here to help, so try to make some meaningful connections.
4. Take advantage of your resources.
As a JWU student, you have many resources available to you. Don’t forget that you have access to 24/7 tutoring services via Smarthinking, library services, online writing help, and IT technical support.
Success tip: Connect with your academic advisor frequently! He or she is here to support you and can answer any questions that come up during the term.
To learn more about the Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education and how one of our degree programs can help further your career, complete the “Request Info” form on this page or call 855-JWU-1881 or email [email protected].