Ensuring that technical requirements are met and communicating with instructors are recommended by U.S. News and the Medical College of Wisconsin for students taking online classes. Both organizations offer several other tips, including suggestions regarding time management and ideal study environments.
Meeting technical requirements means making sure it is possible to access the course's online tools and also getting used to the course environment. There may be a lot of folders and materials for the student to deal with, so it is best to get used to the system early.
Communication is also important. This means joining in with class discussions and also checking in with instructors to make sure that the student is progressing in the right direction.
Both the Medical College of Wisconsin and U.S. News recommend focusing on time management, which involves scheduling time to work on assignments, time to interact with other students and time to read new material. Planning ahead for assignment deadlines and tests helps students avoid unpleasant surprises.
Studying from home may mean that there are more distractions than there would be in a college library or study room. The Medical College of Wisconsin recommends finding a private area in which to study, so that distractions are minimized. Fewer distractions means that the allotted study time can be used more efficiently.