Set Up for Success

Whether you're new to the online learning environment or looking to jump back in, getting comfortable can be a challenge. Read a few of our quick tips designed to help you get started.

The Right Tools for the Job

We've designed our online courses to be accessible to all students. For most programs, all you need to get started is a basic understanding of web navigation and word processing. Before you enroll in our online courses, make sure you have access to:

  • A modern web browser (Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, etc.)
  • A working internet connection
  • Word processing software (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple Pages, etc.)
  • Enough space to save your work (hard drive, cloud server, external storage device, etc.)

Detailed hardware and software requirements

An Approach to Excel

Academic success requires intention, investment and committment. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track.

Make time

Any successful online student can tell you that their courses require the same amount of focus and study as traditional campus-based courses. For every hour you spend in class, plan on spending another two hours on assignments. When you make time to succeed, you will.

Create space

Our world is full of distractions, which is why we recommend removing as many of them as possible. Find quiet places to study and adjust your schedule so you're studying when people don't need to get ahold of you. You can even let friends and family know you won't be available at certain times so you can maintain your concentration and stay focused.

Set goals and keep a routine

Set goals to keep yourself motivated as you progress through your program and find ways to apply what you're learning in class to your current career and day-to-day life. Create a routine to stay on top of your assignments and try to reflect frequently on new concepts you're learning in class.

Participate Purposly

Don't be a passive consumer of your education. Make it a point to participate and you'll get more out of your efforts. Engage with your peers and instructors, ask questions and don't be afraid to connect with your classmates on a professional (and personal) level. After all, you're all in this together. And remember, your advisors are always ready to help. 

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