What Are Online, College Classes Like?

Deciding whether to take an online course?  Well, I am somewhat of an expert in this field.  I have taken a number of online classes at my community college and it’s not as easy, or hard in some cases, as you might think.

Time Management

When taking online classes the first thing you need to be very aware of is time management.  This isn’t like a typical class where a professor will be reminding you consistently of things that will be due; it’s your job to stay on top of it.  No one will be reminding you.  So, if you have a loose memory, my advice would be to set some kind of reminder on your cell phone.  Or better yet, don’t take an online course if it’s going to be that big of a challenge.

Another thing you must consider is that each test is timed to give you an allotted amount of time to complete it – give your self enough time and a quiet space to work in.  Also, assignments are due by a certain day.  Do NOT think you can turn it in late.  I can promise you will get absolutely no points for it if the professor is serious about you getting it in on time, which most of the time they are.


Let’s say you’re taking a math course online.  You will have multiple assignments, quizzes and tests to be completed.  And if you mess up an answer just by one little decimal mark, your entire answer will be considered wrong.  Professor’s in a regular class that you must attend might cut you some slack and give you partial credit for an answer.  However, most of the time for online classes you will be deducted for answers that are NOT 100% correct.

If you are the type of person who is meticulous with your work an online course may be the perfect option for you.  Each professor is different for every class.  You may have a slightly easier one that will cut you some slack if they see that you’re trying with every assignment.  Or if they’re harder then they might not care to give you partial points.


You must WANT to take an online course in order to succeed.  What I mean by this is that if you don’t have the drive to take one you’re not going to be able to get a passing grade.  You have to be on top of your tasks all the time, be accurate with your answers, and be willing to look online at least once a day to make sure you have your assignments and readings in order.

An online course can be easy if you are responsible enough to take it seriously. It may seem like a breeze not having to attend an actual lecture or have to get up early in the morning for attendance, but most professors make it a little more challenging because of this reason.  They don’t want to make it an easy A; most will make you work and earn your grade.

On the other hand, it is easier not having to worry about making it to all the classes or even most of them.  Everything you have to do for the quarter is sitting right at your fingertips – much easier than waiting for your professor to tell you about something later on.  If you can handle logging on day-to-day, and willing to work for your grade, then I’m sure you’ll pass with flying colors.

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.