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Tips for Online Education

Updated on December 26, 2013

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Are you thinking of going to school online? If so, please let me be of service.My name is Jordan Walker. Yes I would like to give you some helpful tips if you are choosing to seek higher education via an online platform. On what grounds do I have the authority to advise you? Well I am a seasoned online student who has tried several different schools before I found the one that really worked for me. These are some tips I wish someone would have told me about when I set out on my quest for finding the right online school.

  1. Are you and online education compatible?

Before you make the leap to gain your college all your education on the world wide web, make sure you can sit at your computer for long periods of time. Yes even though you are not in a classroom sitting at your computer is a requirement. Also are you self motivated? Will you get on the computer boot it up and instead of facebooking first you do your class work instead? I heard this a lot when I was just starting out, I thought I can do it. What people don’t tell you is that it is not just getting on your computer it is figuring out a lot of the course work on your own. I am not saying teachers are going to leave you stranded, but I am saying you may have a simple question which can be found by searching the internet a bit instead of emailing your teacher and then wasting time waiting for a reply. You have to seek out your education harder than you would than if you were attending a brick and mortar. Which brings me to my next point, communication.

2. Communication and you.

Good communication when going to an online school is an absolute must! When looking for an online school for yourself check and see if teachers provide an email where they can be reached. Also look and see if they have a phone number that they can be reached at as well. In my experience a good teacher will give you a number to reach them in case of emergencies. As far as communication with you class goes, this is a must as well, I have never been in an online platform where the class was NOT required to communicate with each other. In the schools I have been too up to 30% of your grade was determined by your activity on the posting boards for your classes. Last but not least for communication, it is a lot harder to make friends in an online school. I know some people may think they don’t need to but half of college is all about contacts and getting to know people whom you can befriend and help out in the future. So if you decide to go the online school route go the extra mile and make some pals.

3. Requirements...

When I first started attending online school I had no clue I needed certain things for my computer. I thought “Oh, I just need an internet connection and word.” Wrong! Check what you need for not only software for your computer, but if you have the correct computer. It is rare, but some schools require that you operate on PC or MAC. Check and see if you need to order books or not. A lot of times you will but in some cases the fee for books is included in tuition and they send you e-books. Some people think this is a scam of some sort but a lot of fully accredited schools do it.

These are just a few pointers potential students may overlook when seeking answers to bigger questions about online schools. So I hope this helped you out a little bit and good luck and god bless.


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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very useful article for someone considering an online school!!

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      Thank you for your input. I just tried to write about things I overlooked and wanted others to know the pitfalls.

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