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.
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.
The New York Blood Center in partnership with the FIT Student Government Association, the Department of Student Life, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Residential Life will host a Fall Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 14th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.
“NYBC, along with its partner organizations, collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day, and serve local communities of more than 45 million people,” NYBC.
Head down to the John E. Reeves Great Hall to give blood this Tuesday to save lives. Every day blood transfusions take place that saves lives of many people all over the world. About 5 million Americans need a blood transfusion. Donating blood is good for the health of donors as well as those who need it. It is a great blood donation opportunity to help those in need, some may even be right here in our FIT community. Donors be sure you are in good health, be hydrated, and excited!
Did you know that FIT offers honors courses that can meet liberal arts requirements? Typically, students in the Presidential Scholar Program sign up for these classes, as it is one of the program requirements. However, the honors courses are not limited to just students in the Presidential Scholars Program; any student who maintains a 3.5 GPA can take the honors courses offered at school. These courses can be substituted with a required liberal arts course.
What makes these courses so unique? The honors courses are not necessarily more difficult, but rather stimulating and inventive! Here are some examples of courses available to take:
HA 382 – Beauty: The Human Ideal in Visual Culture-
This unique course explores the theme of beauty throughout different works of art and social sources in various decades. Discover the way that the human body and beauty has shaped power and belief in society.
HA 394 – History of New York Architecture-
Explore New York City’s architecture by visiting different sites around Manhattan. This class allows you to explore outside of the classroom and learn first hand the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that molded The Big Apple’s architecture.
HA 395- Studies In American Indian Art & Culture-
In this art history course, learn about the art work of Native Americans from Alaska to the border of Mexico. In this class, you will dive into the different mediums of American Indian art, such as pottery, paintings, rituals and more. How did the artwork created and the native’s culture change and develop with Western contact? Learn about it all in this honors course!
These are just a few examples of the honors courses available at FIT. More information on courses is available here. Be sure to check it out!
We all know that New York City is one of the most stressful cities in America, if not, the world. Finding time not only for yourself, but for your mind could be very difficult. Here’s some tips to help bring yourself back to center and survive the concrete jungle.
Recall places you’ve been where you appreciated the sounds.
Summon the places where you’ve enjoyed the imagery.
Experience the elements that contribute to your happiness.
Remember where you were when you experienced deep contentment and meaning.
For myself, I try to stay grounded and in a happy place by going back to inspirations that brought me to where I am today. It sounds cheesy, but Sex and The City, The Carrie Diaries, and Ugly Betty inspired my outward dreams to pursue a career in the fashion industry. So I usually binge watch these shows for impromptu injections of inspiration to keep me going.
Sometimes you have to look back to help you move forward.