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Getting your college degree online combines many traditional and innovative educational methods. Here are some things to keep in mind to get the most from your online classes:

Get familiar with learning online

Even before your first class begins, familiarize yourself with your school’s online education resources, the software that will be used for classes and discussions and each class’s technology and communication methods. Many schools provide an online tutorial to show new students how to access and get comfortable with everything. Some schools also offer a basic intro class to learn the online ropes before taking on a full academic load.

Take notes

This might seem obvious, but it's worth remembering - taking well organized notes will help you succeed in both physical and online education classroom settings. Taking notes on new vocabulary words, key concepts, important procedures and any questions you have along the way will be especially useful when taking part in discussions and studying for exams.

Participate!

One of the unique aspects of online degree education is its focus on interaction and communication to facilitate effective learning. To take full advantage of online classes, you must be an active participant - there's no sitting in the back, hoping not to be called on. Get in there and engage, discuss and collaborate.

Speak freely

For some students, traditional classrooms can be fraught with social and public speaking anxieties. However, the unique format of the online education learning environment minimizes many types of social pressure; your classmates might not even know what you look like! Your instructor and classmates will know you primarily through your words and ideas, so go ahead and freely express yourself as a valuable part of the class.

Think before you respond

Another benefit of getting your college degree online is that it gives you a chance to reflect on the material you read (from lectures and course reading to peer and instructor comments) before having to respond. Outside of real-time conferencing and chats, online learning is structured so you can clearly craft your thoughts before presenting them. Make sure you take this time, improving your writing and communication skills along the way.

Learn from your peers

Online education is not only a chance to learn from the instructor's expertise, but also a chance to meet and learn from your class peers. Online students have a wide variety of career and life experiences to offer each other. Take advantage of this opportunity for networking and helpful exchange.

Speak up if you need help

Remember that if you are having problems, it's up to you to ask questions and let your instructor know. Most likely there are other students who also share your confusion, so by speaking up you can help everybody. Instructors in a physical classroom can read a confused face and offer clarification - but online, you have to be assertive and ask for the help you need.

Mind your manners

Email, instant messaging and other types of online communication are often used informally - but when used for online degree learning, keep in mind that you are engaged in a serious educational activity requiring respect. Remember that emotional tone is hard to convey without the sound of your voice - what you meant to be funny might come across as rude or aggressive when written. Just don't forget that there are real humans at the other end of that electronic transmission!

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