Sunday, September 12, 2010

7 Tips to Succeeding in Online Continuing Education

While the online continuing education program you choose can determine how successful you will be in completing a continuing education certificate, your personal motivation also plays a tremendous role.

Here are some tips for success in an online continuing education program:
1. Get to know the process – Online learning is different than traditional school, learn the ins and outs of communication and how to get help before enrolling in courses.
2. Take notes – Although your lectures and courses are online, you should still jot down notes and any questions you have.
3. Be active – Actively participate in online lectures and discussions.
4. Improve your writing skills – Communication between students and instructors are usually via email and many assignments submitted are in the form of formal essays.
5. Be courteous – Watching your tone is important when communicating online via email, IM and video conferences.
6. Respect your instructors – Have a good repertoire with your instructors, be polite in communication and they will be valuable references for future career opportunities.
7. Be committed to education – The bottom line is, you are taking an online education program to learn.