Success as an Online Student

Strategies for Effective Learning


  • Kevin Fandl
  • Jamie Smith

This book is a practical guide for any student considering enrollment in, currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an online course. The authors, both with substantial online teaching and learning experience as well as seasoned professionals, deliver concise guidance to make the online learning journey enjoyable, productive, and most of all, worthwhile. Major topics include how to identify the best online program; comparing online with traditional education programs; finding an ideal work-life balance; managing time and staying organized; how to form good habits to maximize your chances for success; getting the most out of an online learning environment; and using your online education to succeed in your career. As the singular guide to success as an online learner, this practical book serves as the essential desk reference for every online student.
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Current and prospective students in online college courses


Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-7632-0

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Choosing an Online School and Program

Chapter 2: What to Expect in an Online Class and How to Prepare

Chapter 3: What You Will Miss and How to Make Up For It

Chapter 4: Forming Good Habits to Reduce Stress, Find a Work–Life Balance, and Succeed in School

Chapter 5: Managing Your Time Effectively

Chapter 6: How to Approach Class Work to Maximize Your Chances of Success

Chapter 7: Effective Research Techniques in Online Education

Chapter 8: Writing for Success

Chapter 9: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Chapter 10: Approaching Graduation—Looking for Opportunities

Chapter 11: Networking, Leveraging Instructors, and Landing your Next Position

Chapter 12: Conclusion

Glossary: Common Terms in Online Education