Are you thinking about taking online classes? The skills and traits required for taking online classes are different than those needed for taking a traditional, face-to-face class, so take this short quick to see if online learning is for you!

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1. I keep a calendar and plan ahead to make sure I have time to get things done.

There is less structure in online courses. Surveys of students who did not do well in their online classes named poor time management skills as the number one reason they struggled. Students who do best in online classes are good at organizing their time, and they avoid procrastinating.

There is less structure in online courses. Surveys of students who did not do well in their online classes named poor time management skills as the number one reason they struggled. Students who do best in online classes are good at organizing their time, and they avoid procrastinating.

2. I am very busy, so I am considering taking online classes, because they will be easier.

Surveys show the most common myth students have when they sign up for online classes is that they are easier than classroom-based courses. However, the same surveys also shows that after taking an online course, students say they are at least as challenging as traditional classes.

Surveys show the most common myth students have when they sign up for online classes is that they are easier than classroom-based courses. However, the same surveys also shows that after taking an online course, students say they are at least as challenging as traditional classes.

3. I have reliable access to the internet and I enjoy working on a computer.

You will be spending a lot of time working at a computer in an online course. A 3 credit class normally requires about 10 hours a week of work.

You will be spending a lot of time working at a computer in an online course. A 3 credit class normally requires about 10 hours a week of work.

4. I like working alone on projects.

Students who succeed in online learning are self-disciplined and able to motivate themselves to persist and work independently.

Do you need interaction with others to keep from losing interest in whatever you are doing? If so, online classes will be an adjustment for you. Students who succeed in online learning are self-disciplined and able to motivate themselves to persist and work independently.

If you find you learn better with that interaction, make sure to reach out to your instructor and other students, join study groups, and participate in any conversation threads in the online course materials to help provide that interaction for you.

5. I enjoy reading and writing, and I am in the habit of doing both most days.

Online courses usually require more assigned reading, and discussions are done through writing and reading posts on a discussion board. Students who do not have well developed reading and writing skills may find online courses more challenging than they anticipated.

Online courses usually require more assigned reading, and discussions are done through writing and reading posts on a discussion board. Students who do not have well developed reading and writing skills may find online courses more challenging than they anticipated.

Is online learning a good fit for you? If so, go ahead and register.