Accelerated courses allow students to complete a course in anywhere from 10 to 5 weeks rather than the usual 16. For many students, they can be a great way to earn college credits quickly, but they can also be incredibly intense, especially if you’re trying to take one while balancing your usual responsibilities at work and at home.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t enroll in an accelerated online course if you believe it’s the right fit for you, but you will need to be prepared and know what to expect. Here are some tips that can ensure that you’re ready to take on any of the challenges an accelerated course may pose.
While staying up all night to study has long been a staple of the study methods employed by college students, it’s neither particularly effective (you won’t remember much of what you study) nor a particularly good use of time. A far better way to tackle studying is to set up a study schedule, which will allow you to slowly, but much more effectively, review and learn the material from your course.
It might sound like a lot of work but creating and keeping to a study schedule isn’t as hard as you might think. Here are some tips to help you stay on track in your online courses and ensure you won’t have to pull and all-nighter before a big exam.
Isolation is often cited as a knock against online courses, but it doesn’t have to be part of the experience. There are many ways to stay socially engaged with both your peers and your professors as an online student. Sure, it may not be as easy as just walking into class, but on the upside you have the flexibility of communicating at time and place that’s most convenient to you. And, bonus, you can even do it in your PJs.
So how can you make sure that you’re staying connected and getting the social experience you need from your course? Here are some tips to keep you on track.