Today I thought I would talk to you about my experience with online classes and let you in on a few tips and tricks I have for nailing an online class. Personally before attending FIT I had never taken an online class and just the thought of it terrified me. However, in a few instances, I had no other choice than to take an online class, because my schedule didn’t allow me otherwise.
Don’t be fooled! Often times we take online classes because we think they will be easier. That is so wrong! Most times than not, they actually require much more work and time than physical classes do. Yes, they are more practical, because you can sleep in and work on your own time, which makes planning more flexible.
Is this class for you? What I mean by that is that taking an online class pretty much means teaching yourself. So I would really suggest taking a class, you know won’t be too challenging and require too much work. But once again it’s all up to you. If you have a full schedule and decide to take an online class, I wouldn’t take a class you no familiarity with. For example I never took a math classes online, because I knew it was going to require a lot of work and time on my part, because from experience I know math is not my strong suit.
Make sure you have time. If you have a full schedule, taking 7 classes, and on top of that you are working, I would really think twice before taking an online class. Taking online classes do require you to participate and keep engaged, if it’s a subject you know will be easy to keep up with, then go for it, otherwise I would suggest taking it next semester.
READ what is expected! This is in my opinion the most important tip. You never know what a course will entail before you read the syllabus. Since you don’t have a teacher to tell you, make sure the first thing you do is check Blackboard and look at the syllabus. From there on you’ll be able to make a final decision and decide if this is the class for you. Last semester I wanted to take my internship class online, thinking it would be easier and less work. I took one glance at the schedule, and dropped out immediately.
Create a schedule. If you decide that yes, you are going to take that class after reviewing the syllabus, I would start organizing your schedule. How will you split your time, with physical classes, work and your online class. Don’t forget to write ALL deadlines somewhere you won’t forget them, because online classes are all focused around deadlines (and there’s a lot of them).
Manage you time. OK, so now it’s time to start splitting your time. When are you going to be working on your online class, how long, what day/s. etc. I would invest in a time planner and write down the days you’ll be working on everything, as well as the deadlines all the way through the end of the semester.
Take notes. This is honestly what helped me pass my online statistics class I took two semesters ago. Online classes can throw a lot of material at you, and it accumulates very quickly with new material coming along each week. Videos, tutorials, pdf’s, word docs, charts, slides etc. What I would do is every unit or section of the class, I would watch the tutorials, read the material and write notes on the most important information. Yes, it takes longer, but a least I didn’t need to go back and scramble to find the material again, it was all in my notebook. This is especially helpful, during quizzes and exams, because you can look at your notebook and everything is in front of you.
Make sure you have stable WiFi/internet access. This is especially important during quizzes and exams. This happened to me a couple of times during my exams, when the WiFi wasn’t strong enough and would have to reload. This is the most frustrating thing ever, especially if you under a time constraint.
There’s no time for procrastinating. If you are someone who procrastinates, I would strongly reevaluate taking online classes. With online classes there is no procrastinating, you are constantly under time pressure and deadlines. If you miss a deadline, you cannot just resubmit or re upload it later. The session are closed down and it will affect your grade (harshly).
Anyways, I really hope this was helpful and insightful. Online classes can be really great for students who commute from far away or have busy schedules. However, although I’ve had my few shares of online classes, I personally prefer taking a physical class. But once again we are all different and work differently, some people might enjoy online classes much more than others.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Leave them down in the comments below.
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As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.
First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.
Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.
Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.
Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.
It has been quite a while since I have been at FIT on campus, it was a great feeling to be back. I really missed New York , the lights, the sounds, the people, all of it. This semester is a weird one for me because mostly everyone I know has graduated so there is not many faces I know around campus. Walking towards FIT for the first time in almost a year gave me goose bumps. I remember like it was yesterday how scared I was walking up to campus for the first time. I was wondering if I was gonna make friends, if I was going to do well in college, what would happen next. Then before I knew it , I’m standing here three years later wondering where my life is going to take me next. Wednesday is my only day in the city I have French conversation till 12:00 , and then I have off from work the rest of the day . For French I have this great new teacher , I can already tell I am going to learn a lot. My online classes this semester as very active , posting more then once a week which is getting a little difficult with my starting of a new job.
But I also found out what my travel assignments are for my first few weeks with my new job! I am going to Copenhagen, Denmark and Vegas! So I am going to be away for two weeks but ill be posting tons of pictures and experiences of my first time out of the country! This is a very exciting semester for me , I am starting a new portion of my life and ending one all at the same time.
With each post , the fall semester is getting closer and closer. For me this will be my last “first day” of school. I am beyond excited but I have a lot of things I would like to accomplish before my last day.
1. Get straight A’s the whole semester. I am taking 15 credits , which is a lot less than I normally do. All of my classes are online except one so I will be in school once a week.
2. Get involved. It is my last semester and the last chance ill have to go to all the great things FIT plans constantly so I want to take full advantage.
3. Get promoted or start a new job. At my current job I am trying to decide if I should take a promotion or look for a new job since I am fresh out of college. I guess we will see once it is closer to December.
4. Find my Niche. Being an ITM student I have so many different directions I could go with my career and as I finish my last few classes, I hope I will find more out about which area I want to go in.
Last but not least
Number 5. Graduate! I feel like it was just yesterday it was the summer of 2012 and I was at school for accepted students day with my day. They gave me a class of 2016 shirt and I felt like that was so far away. My life in college and out has changed so much since that moment. But FIT has molded me into a fantastic business woman and I couldn’t be more proud to say I am going to soon be an alumni.
My best advice for this semester is take it slow, enjoy being in college because before you know it, it will be your last first day too.