Online classes can be either easier or tough as conventional high school courses. It all depends on how seriously you take your online courses. Since the multiple pressures of a live classroom are eliminated, you are stress free. But, if you are way too passive and end up piling your online coursework for the very last minute, you would hardly stand a chance of earning an online diploma. Working in a disorderly fashion for your online course will prove to be detrimental and you will end up wasting a lot of time for nothing. It is the end result that matters. Working diligently one day and spending your time at leisure for the rest of the week’s time, will do no good. When you are taking an online course, you have to hold a sixth sense of discipline and order. A set of chapters are allocated to you to be completed, followed by a number of questions to be answered and submitted, which is followed in a conventional classroom as well. You will require textbooks just like in case of conventional high school. These textbooks can be obtained online, if available in the form of e-book, it is generally downloadable or you can directly purchase from campus bookstores. Each online class is taken by a different instructor and so they cover different topics in each class. You might need to meet your classmates online to work together on specific allotted projects. You shall have to actively participate in discussion forums that might be evaluated by your professors. The most crucial part is to submit your assignments within the allotted time, at least before the deadline crosses. During the entire course, you shall have perpetual access to online books, lecture materials and your instructors. Commitment is the sole criteria to be successful in an online course.
There is quite a lot of debates that goes in your and your parents’ minds whether online schools are as easy as they seem or not. You are in more of a dilemma when you learn from your friends that they are having a hard time following their online courses. Frankly, it is a matter of preference. Online schools are not necessarily easy or hard. They offer an environment which is way too different from the traditional classroom environment. It depends on you yourself whether you find it easy or tough. If you are responsible and diligent enough, you will surely find it to be your cup of tea, or else it is not your thing. Here are some of the criteria required for being successful in online high school classes:
- Addressing your queries: There is no gain in keeping your queries to yourself, especially when you are enrolled in a time bound curriculum. You will need to address all your queries and doubts to your instructors or counselors. As an online school student, you cannot be passive and hold back things. You have to make the effort of connecting with your teacher via email, phones or live interaction sessions. Since there is no face to face interaction, you need to come out clear on your own so that your teacher understands your queries and helps you out readily.
Being high on self-motivation: You will need to have a good deal of self-motivation and punctuality which usually does not show in humans easily unless pressured. However, it is not that hard if you are in a right frame of mind.In an online class, you need to go through the online study materials at regular intervals. Getting detached and again resuming your preparation just a couple of days before the final assessment, can be calamitous and it shall be too late to realize then. Most online schools designate a specific time frame for completion of your work. It is always a good feeling to submit your work as soon as possible by deliberately not waiting for the deadline. Here your time-management skill comes into play.Submitting assignments in a hurry to submit before deadline can prove to be baneful.
- Hardware requirements:As trifling it might sound, but a reliable high speed internet is the primary requirement for smooth and systematic handling of any online course. Documents of large sizes will have to be downloaded and not just for once, but it shall be a regular story. The underlying fact is that you cannot depend on dial-up connections. You should keep a backup for providing internet connection to be on the safe side. It might be wifi at a friend’s or neighbor’s home or an internet café. Always have your system protected from virus by updating the licensed version of Antivirus software. Have a backup prepared for power failure as well, like a functional generator. An external hard drive is a must for back up purpose. Regular backups can save you when you least expect.
- Time management skill – You have to be not only good but really good at time-management skill. At the time of creating the schedule for your course work, you need to be realistic and compartmentalize your time in such a way that it can be attained practically. Mark some part of your time as spare time or nap time, as mental rest for some time is essential too.
If you want exceptional results, you cannot treat online courses less seriously than conventional courses. Online courses demand dedication and the greater the result you want, the stronger your efforts should be. It is definitely not a shortcut for an early graduation. Also, when interacting with online peers or instructors, you need to be respectful and use formal language to begin with, at least. Online classes do not tamper with your social skills at all. It provides you interactive forums to exchange your ideas with a large online community. It depends on your skill of making friends. Also, student-teacher equation is way more thriving in case of online schools than in traditional ones where clashes between the two, are more frequent. In case of online schools, children might even be more respectful towards their teachers, as they share a more productive relation with the teachers.
It cannot be concluded that online classes are hard or easy. It all depends on how you make use of the extravagant set of online resources and tools all at your disposal. If you succeed, you shall take back most of the credit with you and if you fail, you have to put most part of the blame on yourself. It is all up to you.