Going back to school can be nerve-wracking - especially if you’re taking courses online for the first time. It’s an adjustment, to say the least, but the format also gives you the ability to complete work on your own schedule so you can balance family time and work life with school. Are you nervous about going digital? Here are five tech tips to set you up for success as an online student.
Before you start taking classes online, you, of course, need to have the technology to go online. The good news is that all you'll need as an Ashworth College student is a desktop computer, laptop or tablet and a reliable Internet connection.
If you've never taken an online course before, it can feel weird connecting with your teachers, mentor and other students solely through online interaction. Reach out to your instructor early and often, participate in forum discussions, and remember to practice good "netiquette" when chatting with your peers:
Organization is a must for all students, but this is especially true when you're taking courses online. Take advantage of technology and keep assignment deadlines in an online calendar with automated reminders. Create an organized folder system on your computer to keep track of notes, assignments and other digital documents.
There's nothing worse than running into a technical problem and not knowing where to turn. Take stock of the resources available to you so you can trouble-shoot effectively and get back to studying. For example, Ashworth College provides technical support for students Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. You'll work with a real person, in real-time so you can get the answers you need quickly and get back to your work.
When something does go wrong – whether your computer freezes while you're working on an assignment, or you're having Internet connectivity problems – it can be hard to stay calm. Remember to breathe, take a break from the computer if needed, and keep in mind that there are resources to help you solve whatever problem you may encounter.