True or False: Online courses are easy to fit into busy schedules.
It’s true online students usually can choose when they log in and work on coursework, but like all students, online learners need to reserve plenty of time to review material, complete assignments, study and take tests.
Your Online Experience
Your Online Experience
Is it true that Online courses create lonely learners?
Not at all. Online students frequently interact with instructors, classmates, tutors, advisors, and other Georgia State University faculty and staff. Collaboration is common, and students can get the help they need.
Full-time worker/part-time student and single caregiver
Even though I work full time, I’ve decided to go back to school to finish the degree that I started before my kids were born. It will help me show them what success looks like, and it will help me get a better paying job closer to home. This semester, I am taking two courses.
There are days when I feel completely overwhelmed by the demands of working full time, going to school part time and raising two beautiful boys. It will be worth it though when I complete my associate degree and get a better job making more money. Normally, I turn to my parents for advice and guidance, but neither of them went to college.
I should have listened to my advisor last semester and only taken two classes, but I took three—I failed one. That was a huge setback for me personally. It also messed up my GPA. This semester I am following her advice: taking two classes, blocking off time to study and keeping a weekly schedule for work, home and school on one calendar. I set reminders on my phone to keep me on track with assignments. Midterms are approaching—this time I have an A in English and a B in math.
Typical day: Get up, get kids to daycare, drive to work, work eight hours, drive home, pick kids up from day care (sometimes my mom picks them up and gets them dinner to help out, but I usually cook dinner and clean up), then get the kids in bed. On Monday night, I work on my Math course work. On Wednesday night, I work on my English course work. I have set aside nine hours of study time on the weekends. Following the advice of my online classmate, I added one hour on Sunday night to review all my assignments and submissions for both classes. I also added an hour before the boys get up on Monday morning to plan out my entire week. It has really made a difference in my grades to be so organized this semester. Taking two classes while working full time is so much better!
In a typical week, I dedicate six hours to “attending” my classes. I also spend 10-11 hours studying, completing assignments, reading the textbook, and writing papers.
Full-time student/part-time worker
When I went away to college last fall, I didn’t realize how easy it would be to slack off. I didn’t do well in any of my classes. I took two online classes there, but it was hard to motivate myself to login each week to review and complete assignments.
My brother said I should come home and attend Perimeter College for a year to get my GPA back up. My parents said I could move back in with them and they’d pay for one more semester of college, before I have to start taking loans.
I’m taking two online and two on-campus courses this semester, and am starting to get used to my new schedule. I also am working part time to pay my parents back for the books I bought for classes — and for gas money to get to campus.
My science teacher is really helping me — with more than just chemistry. Even though I attend his class in person, he took the time to show me how to login to iCollege and do things like send email and submit assignments.
Typical day: On Monday and Wednesday, I go to classes on the Alpharetta Campus. One starts at 10 a.m. and one starts at 1 p.m. In between classes, I go to the computer lab to log in to my two online classes.
I work from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get to sleep in, but after that, I read my textbooks and do assignments.
I usually work all day Friday and Saturday morning. On the weekend, I spend more time in my online classes.
Typical week: I go to classes and work. Logging in to my online classes from the campus computer lab helps me stay on track.
Fully online student
I took dual enrollment classes in high school, because my computer science teacher told me they save students money on tuition and books. By the time I graduated high school, I had 15 college credits and a high school diploma. After high school, I came to Perimeter College, taking all my classes online.
My first online class was my favorite. We had the best professor! Her course was organized; easy to navigate; she had fun videos and weekly challenge questions. We even did group work! She was quick to respond to emails and questions on the discussion boards. She encouraged us halfway through to keep at it—saying a lot of online students stop going to class at that point. I needed that advice in later semesters when taking a full load online.
The first time I signed up for a science class, I didn’t realize I had to go to campus for some of the labs. Luckily, I read that on the course syllabus on the second day of class. I immediately called the online science department, and they were able to help me change to an online lab. I still had to go to campus for the final exam though. I was able to get a ride to the school for that final.
I had a few other classes that required campus finals and midterms. I learned that students must always read the course notes in PAWS.
I am about to graduate with my associate degree from Perimeter College. I am so excited to be transitioning to the downtown campus next semester to study Game Design and Development at the Creative Media Industries Institute.
Typical day: Get up, eat breakfast then start working on my online classes.
If I need a quiet place to work, I stay at home. When I have reading assignments or lectures to watch, I like to go to a quiet coffee shop down the street.
I am taking five classes this semester. I spend 15 hours during the week in the courses and set aside more than 15 hours of study time. Sometimes I can take a break from studying on Tuesday or Thursday, but I found consistently logging into my classes each day keeps me on track. I work part time at night.
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