The Do’s and Don’ts Of Online Classes

Online courses can either be looked at as the greatest gift to a college student or a disaster waiting to happen.

Sure they are a great substitute for those early morning lecture halls, or that class that you have to take but is only offered during your biggest work shift.

However, if you find yourself registering for online classes, proceed with caution and first check out this list of online class do’s and don’ts.

DO take an online class if:

  • You have experience with the professor teaching the course: If you know this professor is easy to get in quick contact with, or you know his/her teaching style fits with your learning, their online class should be easier to follow on your own.
  • It’s on a topic you enjoy: If you know the topic of the course if something that will keep your interest, you avoid the risk of getting easily distracted while reading lecture notes. Since there is no one there to make you pay attention, liking what you’re learning helps you stay engaged.
  • You have a good study group: Having a network of friends or classmates that you can call for help if the teacher is unreachable or work on assignments together, helps to avoid missed deadlines because of confusion or procrastination.

DON’T take on online class if:

  • It’s a subject you have difficulty with: If the topic of the class has already proven to be a problem for you, trying to learn it from a computer screen can be difficult and frustrating. Hence why online math classes were never an option for me!
  • You’re not an organized person: An online class means you have to remember deadlines and meeting times without anyone reminding you. If your academic planner hasn’t made it out your backpack all semester, the organization it takes to master a class on your own may become a problem.
  • You just want to stay home: Yes, online classes are a great way to solve scheduling problems but the risk you run by taking a class at home is easy distractions, a reason for excuses and limited extra help. If you can make it into the classroom you should.

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Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente

Lisa Manente is a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She will be graduating with the BA in Media Studies and Communications in May. Editing the Entertainment section for her university’s newspaper and magazine has fueled her passion for entertainment journalism, which is the career path she plans to explore. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and catching up on celebrity gossip.