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6 Tips for getting the most out of your online classes

Posted by Missouri Baptist University on Aug 13, 2020 8:46:42 AM

Are you interested in continuing your education, but attending in-person classes poses a challenge for your busy schedule? Thanks to online programs, you can earn your degree and take classes that fit into your busy schedule. 

Flexibility is one of the most significant advantages of earning your degree online. You can complete your coursework at your own pace, making it easier to balance work, family and education!

Still, online courses may be intimidating for some people, as they present unique challenges. But with the right mindset and preparation, online courses can be an excellent alternative to the traditional classroom setting. Here are 6 tips that will help you get the most out of your online courses:

Don’t lose sight of your “why.”
A great way to stay on track while continuing your education is to have your “why” front and center. What is the reason for earning your degree online? Are you interested in switching industries? Do you want to expand your knowledge and skills for your current position? Even if your reason is for personal growth, your goal should be clear and meaningful enough to help you endure any challenges.

Make time on your schedule. 
Going back to school can be a challenge. Specially trying to balance a full-time job, family, responsibilities and homework. The flexibility to create your own schedule is one of the biggest appeals for taking online classes. Yet, with such flexibility comes great responsibility. Managing your time will depend on your learning style, overall schedule and personality, but here are a couple of things you can do to make sure you are at the top of things:
We recommend designating specific times during the day to work on your online courses. Set specific times to watch lectures, complete assignments or participate on discussion boards. But remember, making a schedule is not enough; it’s equally important to stick to it. 
Read through the syllabus at the beginning of the class and mark major assignments on your schedule. 

Eliminate distractions.
Not going to lie, studying while watching your favorite show sounds tempting. But it may be too distracting and take away from your lessons or assignments. Other things like social media may cause you to lose focus every time a notification pops up. Still, you must understand how you function best. Some people can tune out the noise around them with music. Others need complete silence. In the end, find a strategy that works for you.

Make connections. 
College is an excellent opportunity to create connections with your classmates and instructors. The fact that you will be taking online courses doesn’t take away from the engaging environment MBU professors create on every course. Build relationships with other students in your class by introducing yourself, actively participating in discussion boards and reaching out to fellow students and professors. 

Set realistic expectations. 
If you haven’t been to school in a while, it’s reasonable to assume it’ll take some time to adjust to the new responsibilities. You may be setting yourself up for disappointment by expecting to hit the ground running without any difficulties. Be gracious with yourself, it will take time, but in the end, you will succeed!

Have a positive attitude. 
Going back to school is a significant change, and like anything, it will take time to get into a rhythm. But through it, all, remember that all things work together for good. A positive attitude will go a long way towards having an outstanding college experience.


At MBU you will find a community that supports each other. From staff to faculty, we all want to see you complete any goals you set for yourself. MBU online programs are flexible and affordable, allowing you to earn your degree around your busy schedule.

Topics: Online degree