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Tips for Success in Online Courses

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Posted on June 9, 2015 by Delaware Valley University .

Online courses provide advantages for students who are working toward degrees of all kinds. The ability to further your education by using your computer is convenient and extremely helpful to students who are interested in studying remotely. 

However, online courses are no walk in the park, and it’s best for students who have enrolled in them to take the necessary steps to properly prepare.

Delaware Valley University is proud to offer more than 300 suitable, affordable and enjoyable online courses that are geared toward helping you achieve your degree. To help you get the most out of your online classes, you can read on for DelVal’s tips for success in online courses.

Eliminate All Distractions
When you’re getting ready to take an online course, your best bet is to situate yourself in a quiet, distraction-free environment. A public space isn’t a good place to take an online course, and if you’re at home with a loud family, you should probably think about finding a more isolated area.

You also want to make sure that you’re not distracting yourself when you’re taking your online courses. Since you’ll be on your computer, it’ll be easy to open Facebook or BuzzFeed if there’s a lull in the class, but staying focused is key to your success. Stop yourself before you begin surfing the web during the allotted time for your course.

Make Sure You Have the Correct Technical Requirements
Online courses require certain technology, including a computer and internet capability along with the online tools that are associated with your online classes. It’s important to make sure that your computer is working properly and that you have a strong, consistent internet connection. It’s also important that your browser supports the online portal for the course. The last thing you want to do is sit down for your first online course only to find that your computer or internet browser needs to be updated in order for the course to load.

Create a Schedule and Stay Organized
When you take a class in a classroom with a set time frame and syllabus, the class and class requirements are worked into your schedule. With online courses, however, you need to create your own schedule because it won’t be done for you. 

Before you begin your online class, set aside blocks of time each week so you can complete any assignments related to your courses. It will be on you to figure out the right time to do your course work as well as to keep up with your assignments. Identifying when you need to dedicate time to your online course will inevitably lead to your success.

Online courses are a great way to further your education on your own terms, but you need to be sure that you’re taking all of the necessary steps to ensure your preparation and success. 

You can learn more about DelVal’s fully interactive online course offerings through our Personal Enrichment Certificates and Courses page