This book is a practical guide for any student considering enrollment in, currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an online course. The authors, both with substantial online teaching and learning experience as well as seasoned professionals, deliver concise guidance to make the online learning journey enjoyable, productive, and most of all, worthwhile. Major topics include how to identify the best online program; comparing online with traditional education programs; finding an ideal work-life balance; managing time and staying organized; how to form good habits to maximize your chances for success; getting the most out of an online learning environment; and using your online education to succeed in your career. As the singular guide to success as an online learner, this practical book serves as the essential desk reference for every online student.
Chapter 1: Choosing an Online School and Program Chapter 2: What to Expect in an Online Class and How to Prepare Chapter 3: What You Will Miss and How to Make Up For It Chapter 4: Forming Good Habits to Reduce Stress, Find a Work–Life Balance, and Succeed in School Chapter 5: Managing Your Time Effectively Chapter 6: How to Approach Class Work to Maximize Your Chances of Success Chapter 7: Effective Research Techniques in Online Education Chapter 8: Writing for Success Chapter 9: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them Chapter 10: Approaching Graduation—Looking for Opportunities Chapter 11: Networking, Leveraging Instructors, and Landing your Next Position Chapter 12: Conclusion Glossary: Common Terms in Online Education