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.
Minigrow is a new modern foodie spot filled with healthy customize-able options. With menu items grouped by – base (such as noodles, rice, or greens), protein, sauces/dressings, toppings, and garnishes, everyone will find something that they are excited to eat at Minigrow. Their system is similar to that of Chipotle’s where you list your items to workers and they create your meal right in front of you.
Minigrow is very modern in their food choices. They source from the local community and never freeze their food before serving. It is all as fresh as possible. This all leads to some of the tastiest and healthiest food out there. Their color-scheme and interior design alone make it worth visiting.
My favorite meal so far has been spring mix salad with their lemon squeeze dressing topped with their roasted broccoli, carrots and roasted chicken thighs. It’s a pretty basic dish, but the freshness of all of their ingredients was just so evident.
Alvanon is highly regarded within the fashion industry as a sizing and fit consultant. They create some of the best dress forms in the world. They host a competition open to all fashion design students in the US every year with a chance to win one of their Premium Full Sized AlvaForms. Designs must be created on Alvanon’s half-scale forms, which luckily enough FIT has several of. Enter for a chance to win a free dress form, or to be featured on their social media!
What: A fashion design contest for any student in the US with a chance to win a full sized Alvanon dress form.
How: Visit the application page here and look at past winners here
As I shuffle through my business cards, stalk potential employers on LinkedIn, and sit in front of the computer all day sending emails for internships, I can’t help but share my two-sense on interviews. I am a firm believer in branding yourself (even if you’re still just a “college student”) and selling yourself to the fullest. If you’re qualified and have a lot to offer, there’s no reason why you’re not fit for the job! Here are my top 3 interview tips:
1. Research, Research, Research: Search the company you are interviewing with online and gather as much information as possible. Whether it’s the founder’s story, company culture, products, mission or unique selling propositions, showing your interviewer you are educated and prepared will always leave a lasting impression. Also, using the company knowledge to relate to your own work experience will demonstrate you are the right candidate for the job!
2. Be Conversational: It is so easy to put important people within companies on a pedestal, but it is important to remember they are just people like us! Being transparent and “real” without the cookie-cutter one-liners appears more honest and authentic. Be yourself, because that’s good enough. Don’t be afraid to showcase a little bit of personality too.
3. Ask Questions: Show you are detail-oriented and care about what is being discussed. Asking specific questions about your expected role, tasks, responsibilities etc. will show you are engaged and serious about the position. Another rule of thumb: people LOVE to talk about themselves. As much as you talk about yourself, ask the interviewer personal questions to create a good connection.
You may have read one of my recent posts about easy ways to maintain your stress levels during the semester. There are ways to do execute this right on campus as well! Yesterday, brought by FIT’s Health Services and the Department of Athletics and Recreation, Calm City Meditation Station came to campus. What is Meditation Station? This RV houses a mobile mediation station where students can take 10 minute restoration breaks. Here, quick mediation sessions are provided via audio-guide for the perfect refresher between classes. Up to nine people can participate in a session at once!
This station is essential as finals are just around the corner. Calm City will arrive back to FIT on December 5th and December 12th. Too packed this semester to spare ten minutes? No worries! In addition to those dates, this station will return to campus five more times during the spring semester. Trucks are no longer providing just food- check out Calm City Mediation Station if you have the time!
Did you know that FIT has its own Mediation Space? Located on the 7th Floor of the Dubinsky Building (A-746), students have the opportunity to unwind anytime Monday-Friday from the hours of 9am-6pm. This is the ideal space to individually take a few minutes to find peace during a busy day. As the center describes, “students from all backgrounds and cultures are invited to meditate, pray, reflect, or simply to take time to be still.”
Whenever you have the opportunity, always take time for self care. What are some ways you take time to unwind during a hectic day?