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Before taking your first ever online class, make sure you're prepared. The simple steps we’ve outlined below will help you get the most from a Strayer University online education.
One of the greatest benefits of an online education is that much of your learning occurs at the times you choose—but you do have to choose those times. Creating and maintaining a realistic schedule can make a big difference in your success.
First, list when you normally sleep, eat, work, exercise, and spend time with family and friends. Next, estimate how many hours you'll need to attend classes, complete assignments, and prepare for exams, including reviewing your notes and extra reading. Merge the two schedules and see how they fit—you may need to adjust how much time you devote to certain activities.
Add your new schedule to a calendar and include everything. Create a “to-do” list of both your assignments and your personal responsibilities, so you can track shifting duties and expectations, and adjust.
Find a place—one that’s consistently available—and make it your place to work. It may be a home office, a quiet corner at work, a public library, or the library or student lounge of the Strayer campus closest to you.
Make sure it’s quiet and free from distractions. Share your study schedule with family and friends and let them know how important it is to respect the time you’ve set aside for school. If you're close to a TV or other gadgets, keep them powered off. Finally, studying will be easier when you’re in a comfortable chair at a well-lit desk.
Note the technical requirements for your coursework and make sure you have all necessary hardware and software installed and functioning properly as soon as possible.
If you’re not confident in your basic computer skills (operating required programs, using search engines, routine maintenance, etc.), immediately find a resource that can help bring them up to speed.
Finally, learn all there is to know about Strayer’s Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS is critical to your online learning; it’s where you'll correspond with professors and other students, download course materials, upload assignments, and view recorded or live presentations.
You know why you're here and what you want to accomplish—write it down and post it where you can see it while you're studying. When you're clear at the start about the "why" of your online education program, you're better prepared to manage the "how."