Online classes are both a convenient and economical way to continue your college career, gain new skills and advance on your career path. However, just like traditional college courses, there’s plenty of work to get done. An organized and detailed approach to online classes is a must, as many online students are juggling jobs, family obligations and daily life. The fully-accredited Center for eLearning at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida, has as its goal to enable students to pursue their studies while learning at the speed of life.

By starting with good study habits, making time to produce quality work and engaging with fellow students and educators, eLearning can be a positive and rewarding experience. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you work to reach your online educational goals:

  • DO stay organized! Create files on your computer or tablet that are reserved for your homework, notes and study guides so that they can be easily referenced. Keep any hard copies of important documents such as course syllabi neatly filed in a safe place. When submitting assignments online, you may want to also keep a copy of your work on your desktop for your records as well.
  • DON’T procrastinate! Stay current with your assignments and set aside time every day to focus on your work.
  • DO keep a detailed schedule of assignments and exams! Be aware of any important deadlines. Make sure to have some type of planner, either online or on paper that you can take with you wherever you go. Set reminders to submit your work on time or to log in to the appropriate courses as necessary. Of course, there are times you may get sidetracked, but having gentle reminders set on your phone or tablet may also be a good idea.
  • DON’T forget to take advantage of any extra help that is available! The Center for eLearning at FAU has many types of 24/7 support for its online students. The Canvas app is the primary source of communication and information with professors. However, there are also tutoring services available for online students. Make it a point to review work with a tutor as needed to be sure you are on the right track. Consult with an advisor each semester to choose the right courses for your major or inquire about financial aid options that are available.

Check out www.FAUeLearning.com/fauonline for details on obtaining more information about how you can benefit from programs offered at the Center for eLearning at FAU. Follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.