Deciding to attend college online was a challenge by itself, so I am writing this survival guide to help me stay focused and remind myself that attending the University of Phoenix was the best decision that I ever made. This survival guide will allow me to look back on all the things that I have learned and how to apply them to my future classes. When you are taking courses online, there are many things that are different than being in an actual traditional school and certain things are required and/or necessary in order to be successful. Always have a plan of action to help keep you organized and in contact with the way you communicate and study. Be sure to have the right programs and website links on your computer, so that there won’t be any issues in the beginning.
Understand that there are many things that are important to learn prior to taking online classes, but perhaps one of the most important things is having general internet skills. A plan of action for obtaining general internet skills is to simply get use to the internet by going on line and teaching yourself how to maneuver through it. The University of Phoenix provides many resources that will help guide you and one of the main ones is The University of Phoenix Library.
The library provides many tools such as, Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) in which will help me write my papers in a proper manner and Plagiarism Checker in which will allow me to submit a paper to be checked to determine the amount of work that was my own versus other quotes and verbiage from a known source. It is recommended that you take time to scheme through the university library before starting a course, so that you will get familiar on where to go when you are searching for something.
Going to college online can be very challenging and it is extremely too important to set and achieve your goal. Start out by setting a simple goal that will successfully get you to the next level and after reaching that goal, set another goal until you reach that and so on and so forth. This will help you stay focused on your ultimate goal and make it much easier for you to reach. Without setting goals you have nothing to focus on achieving and it may cause a major problem with being successful. Another very important thing while attending classes online is to uphold academic honesty. Plagiarism has been a big problem when it comes to taking online classes and all the professors let you know that it will not be tolerated. Best thing to do to uphold academic honesty is to provide yourself enough time to accomplish your task and ask for help if you need it.
A lot of people think that it is a sign of weakness if you ask for help, but it is only showing that you strong and committed to what you are doing. While taking classes online you will have the ability to communicate with your other classmates as well as your professor and you can ask either one for help you in the area that you need it in. In the beginning of each class, the professor provides each student with the course syllabus, in which I consider the course bible. The course syllabus will tell you everything you need to know about completing an assignment and when that assignment is due. A good plan of action for the course syllabus is to print it off and mark through the assignment’s and dates as you turn them in and that will help you to stay organized and have everything turned in on time.
Taking classes online can give you the flexibility you need to continue own with the same lifestyle that you currently have. It is extremely convenient and helps people achieve a degree and work at the same time. When thinking about all of this it reminds you on how important it is to manage your time wisely. Managing your time wisely is very important, because it can affect other people and can even cause problems. Being married with kids and working full time can be very stressful and you have to manage your time, so that everything will get accomplished and everyone is happy at the same time. A good plan of action for this is to sit down and come up with a plan that you feel that will get the job done and make everyone happy including yourself and then talk to any important people in your life that this may affect and get their opinion on it, that way everyone is involved and know what to expect.
Some people that decide to attend college online may not comprehend well or able to retain information. If this is the case don’t automatically think that it will be a problem, because there are ways of handling it and one of those ways is to apply the SQ3R method (survey, question, read, recall and review). The SQ3R method is a method that helps reading comprehension as well as study habits and by applying this method it can fundamental to your success. Along with applying those methods you need to be able to adapt work habits that fit your personality.
When attending college online there are many things that you have too adapt to and when you do that be sure that it fit your personality, because if it don’t it could cause problems. Being adaptable and maintaining flexibility provides you with an opportunity to complete work assignments in a more efficient manner.
Being able to adapt your work habits to fit your personality will make the process easier for you, because it will allow you to make adjustments where you see fit and find a personal system that allows you to be more effective. A good plan of action for this is find what makes it easier and more effective for you and adapt to it. Every student will have their own strengths and weaknesses, so find your strengths and create a system that will help you adapt your work habits to fit your personality. At some point you may not feel like what you are doing is working, but by adapting to something new, sometimes you may have to give it a little bit of time to see results. Keep in mind that adapting to change can be a positive experience; just make sure it fits your personality.