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Going Back to School Online? Set These Expectations First

If you're looking at going to school online, you're probably looking for flexibility and convenience.

While those are two great aspects of online education, there are other points to consider, too. You’ll want to be at least a little tech-savvy with a self-starter attitude.

Add in the lower costs benefit, and you’re probably wondering why everyone isn’t jumping on this online school train?

Because it isn’t for slackers and unmotivated types.

As long as you understand online school is a bit different than traditional school (and you’re willing to adjust accordingly), you’ll probably do just fine.

Curious about going to school online?

Here’s what you can expect:

Technical Difficulties...Not Today

Before the first day of classes, be sure everything is in working order. As an online student, it’s important to know exactly how your tech equipment works. From your laptop to your inbox, you want to make sure all is well in your technological world. A tech glitch could put you behind faster than you think.

Here’s a mini checklist:

✅Create a file for all of your coursework

✅Buy an external hard drive

✅Log into your school account

✅Review materials and syllabus before classes start

If you’ve bought a new laptop specifically for your new online classes, make sure you’re familiar with all the operating systems. You’ll also want to make sure your browser works well with your course program well before the first day of classes.

Coursework is Different (In a Good Way)

From the start, you'll notice coursework online is quite different from traditional school coursework as there’s many more digital resources to use.

Support is Available

Just because you’re hanging out in yesterday’s yoga pants and taking quizzes from your laptop 💻 doesn’t mean you’re in online school alone. It may feel like it when the only classmate in your room is your plant or dog, but you’ve got connections available.

Time Management is a Must

One of the best parts of online education is the flexibility factor. If you like the idea of being able to fit school around your hectic schedule, you’ll need to have on-point time ⏰ management skills.

Set Reasonable Expectations

So, how hard are online classes? It depends. If you’re motivated and self-disciplined, online classes will be easy. There’s a lot of flexibility with taking online classes, but it also takes a certain amount of organization and discipline.

Additionally, if you pick a program that interests you, it’s more likely you’ll enjoy a majority of the content. In turn, it won’t be difficult to get the work done on time.

Only you can judge whether online classes are the right fit for you. With so many program lengths and options available, there’s a lot of opportunity to see what works best for you!

Did you know MedCerts has 30 different online programs to choose from in the IT and healthcare fields? If you want to learn more, say hi to one of our education consultants today!


Seraine Page

Seraine Page is a freelance writer based out of Florida with over a decade of writing experience. As an award-winning journalist, she loves creating content to engage, educate, and entertain MedCerts readers.

Written July 19, 2019

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