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Question Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 03:58 AM

Hey I'm thinking of taking some online courses this summer to get ahead on classes, has anyone here taken them? If so what are your thoughts on them? Do you have any suggestions on how to do well with them? Were you able to do other things while taking them? How many did you take/what amount would you suggest someone take? Thanks so much in advance for your advice!
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Re: Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 04:19 AM

I've taken an online course before. Just when you are doing your work make sure you stay focused. Shut your bedroom door, reduce your background noise level to a minimum.. it helps you focus better. I don't have much advice but i just wanted to wish you good luck Megan.

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Re: Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 05:46 AM

I've taken online courses before too. They can be great, but you really need to make sure you stay focused on what you're doing, it's very very easy to be distracted, especially with the internet so close by!

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Re: Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 03:01 PM

I've taken online courses and classes at the college at the same time, and tbh I would much rather actually go to class. There is a lot more work and studying required with an online course. There is no "teaching." You read and do a ton of coursework and turn it in to be graded. It always took them forever to grade it, and hardly ever got a response back if I had a question. I spent hours per class a week and took multiple courses. To me it was a hassle. And I honestly feel like I didn't learn much from taking them either.

But to each there own really. I didn't go to the greatest college either, so some might be better than others. I think if going to college isnt an option, then online courses are a perfectly fine substitute.

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Re: Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 04:13 PM

I'm in an online course right now, and it's horrible for me because I have no self-motivation.

My sister, on the other hand, has done almost all of her classes online, and has done phenomenal.

So it really just depends on if you're the kind of person who can just sit down, and do the work.
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Re: Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 05:21 PM

I'm taking two right now. Human Development and Sociology. I like them a lot. We use a program called "blackboard" and it's kind of like a Facebook or Myspace to do your homework. I wouldn't advise taking a difficult class online though. But I don't feel like driving to another town and parking, walking, walking back when I don't have to.

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Re: Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 05:36 PM

I take online courses as an alternative to going to high school. I really like taking online classes because I work better on my own. I think it's some site called Aventa learning or Aventa blackboard or something like that? Anyway. In the classes that I'm taking, I read through the section and take notes (I usually have notepad open on my computer). In the program that I'm in, there are discussion boards and you occasionally you have to answer the teacher's questions in a thread on the discussion board.

What I do wrong when I'm doing school: I get distracted with TH and Facebook. I would advise that you don't have any other windows or tabs with "fun" websites open because before you know it you'll be over there instead of doing your work! (Actually, I'm procrastinating as we speak.) Also, don't have any loud music or the TV on, it's best to work in complete silence or else you get further distracted.

Since I do my online classes as an alternative to actually going to school, I don't know how many classes would be best for you. If you want a good amount of free time, I would suggest not doing more than two. The classes have a lot more work than a regular school would. So don't sign up for a bunch of classes. It will be extremely stressful and you won't have time to do much else! If you have around two classes then you can work on it for a couple hours a day and then you're done for the day.

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Re: Online courses? - April 21st 2010, 10:33 PM

Hey there,

My best friend tried doing online courses, but it was really hard for her to stay focus for it, and be able to buckle down and do it. But if you have a lot of self motivation then you should do fine.


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Re: Online courses? - April 27th 2010, 01:19 PM

I'm taking Abnormal Psych online right now. I hate it, personally. All you do is read the stupid textbook, which gets very irritating after awhile. I just don't have the self motivation to do it, and I get very distracted. I would so much rather go sit in a class, you don't even know.

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Re: Online courses? - April 27th 2010, 01:58 PM

If you are a really dedicated person who can sit down and do hours of work without being distracted, its perfect. But I tried taking the courses and I can not dedicate myself to doing them. Actually getting up and going to class works much better for me. But when I am on my computer at home, I will end up on Facebook or TH. And I ended up dropping my online. I just can’t do it. So, it depends on what kind of person you are.

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Re: Online courses? - April 28th 2010, 07:46 AM

Have you thought of taking one online course and one at a campus? That is what I am going to be doing this summer and my hope is that in going to a class on Campus my motivation for the online class will be there. I notice that when I don't have a class during the day I sit at home and do nothing but if I have a class my motivation gets all vamped up and I do extra work. Maybe a balance would help keep you motivated? And, also, if you decided that the online courses were not going to work for you you could still drop the online class and keep the campus class?

It is really up to you but sometimes a balance is good.

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Re: Online courses? - April 28th 2010, 02:15 PM

I have tried to take classes online and work but its really hard because of the nature of online courses. I think you are better off taking night classes that are in an actually room and work during the day. With online classes its like if you don't click on a link or miss a section then your really up a creek.
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Re: Online courses? - April 28th 2010, 04:04 PM

I'm hoping to take some as well. I was only going to start with 2. And, for your situation, 2 should still get you ahead. Like everyone else has said, just plan to stay focused. I plan on devoting a certain amount of hours a day to the two classes, but thats just me. Wish you luck! We might be suffering together.

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