September 25, 2015

For many folks, the allure of attending class online is undeniably strong. You can study at your own pace, from your home, outfitted in your finest flannel garments. There’s certainly something to be said for convenience; more than seven million people take online classes.

If you’re wondering whether online courses are right for you – and how to get the most out of your coursework – here are five ways to thrive as an online learner:

  • Make class time distraction-free time. Find a quiet space to focus where you won’t be distracted by the TV or your kids. It’ll put you in the right mindset and distinguish class time from family time, just as if you were attending class on campus.
  • Get comfy with technology. Review any system requirements before classes start and note obstacles you’ll have to navigate – like firewalls or outdated operating systems. Hint: Click here to view the requirements for our online classes.
  • Make a schedule. You’ll be able to focus – and procrastinate less – with dedicated time for family, class, work, and leisure. Try to-do lists, or time management apps.
  • Know when to ask for help. If you’ve got questions, ask your professors for help. Without face-to-face contact, they can’t tell if you’re lost or confused until it’s too late. So speak up if you need to. Many professors at Regis hold online office hours that’ll let you ask questions and get feedback in real time.
  • Devote time to studying. Earning a degree can take as much as 15 to 25 hours a week outside of class, depending on your program. So factor in enough time for studying and pace yourself so coursework doesn’t build up and overwhelm you. You can also start slow by taking one course, rather than diving into a full workload.

For more tips on juggling work and school, check out our video on fitting school into a chaotic schedule on the right side of this page. And if you’re ready to take on a degree that’ll prepare you for a new career, just fill out the form on this page to get started.