Tips for Becoming a Successful Online Student


Tips for Becoming a Successful Online Student

While COVID-19 has forced many students into distance learning, adult learners have been choosing this flexible option through OU Extended Campus for nearly six decades.

That history has awarded OU Extended Campus the opportunity to create courses specifically designed for distance learning and to carefully select instructors with real-world experience in the fields they are teaching. Although students may never step foot on the University of Oklahoma campus, they receive a quality education from a nationally recognized university, just like our traditional, on-campus students.

While most students choose an online program because of its convenience, there are many other advantages to earning an online degree, including acquiring important skills sought after by employers.

While most students choose an online program because of its convenience, there are many other advantages to earning an online degree, including acquiring important skills sought after by employers.

Here are a few skills OU Extended Campus students can count on learning:

  • Communication
  • Technical skills
  • Writing
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Research
  • Problem-solving
  • Commitment and responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Organization

To develop these skills and make the best of the online experience, students must establish a few practices that will make juggling school, work, family and other commitments a little easier.

Here are few tips our online students recommend:

  • Learn the technology. Get to know the online platform early. Since courses, assignments and class discussions are online, you don’t want to wait until a big assignment is due to figure out how things work.
  • Get to know your professors. Reach out and introduce yourself. Let your professor know you’re looking forward to the class. This will be helpful if you have questions or issues down the line.
  • Actively participate. While it may feel you’re alone in your efforts, there are other students navigating the same challenges as you. Discussing the coursework or starting a virtual study group will help you build relationships with classmates. These connections could prove to be valuable resources in the future.
  • Be organized. Organize your computer and your workspace. Having a dedicated, quiet space to study and work on assignments will keep you focused and help you tune out distractions.
  • Set a schedule. Set aside specific time each week for schoolwork. Structure and routine are important, especially when you’re trying to work and raise a family. Don’t forget to include time for self-care, as well.
  • Work ahead. This is one of the biggest tips former OU Extended Campus students recommend. Planning to finish assignments a few days earlier will come in handy if there is an internet outage or other emergency.

Ultimately, you’ll have to find out what works best for you. Following these suggestions, however, is a good start in making your experience as an OU Extended Campus student a successful one. Hopefully, you will leave here not only with a degree, but with a solid set of skills that will lead you toward future success and career advancement.

If you’re still deciding if OU Extended Campus is right for you, visit our website to see if there is a degree that interests you. If you’re ready, start your application today.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.