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How Does an Online Class Work?

For any student who’s never taken an online course, there may be a little confusion about how it actually works. And while each online course may be different in how it’s taught and managed, there are a number of similarities, which include:

  • Learning Tutorials – All online courses are generally based around the school’s learning-management systems. These systems usually offer a tutorial that guides users on how to benefit from the course. You may be instructed on how to open an email account. Or there may be tips on how to use the typical Microsoft Office products, such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Course Syllabi – These allow you to stay current on assignments. There may even be a discussion board where you can chat and share information with your instructor or classmates.
  • Quizzes, Midterms and Final Exams – Quizzes are based on what you’re required to read and discuss. Midterms and final exams can be completed within a certain time frame.

What to Expect from an Online Class

Online classes may require more reading and writing than a face-to-face course. Some of the discussion posts may be detailed and require sourcing. Students spend an average of 10-15 hours or more during the week and weekends on assignments. Part of your grade may be determined by how much you engage in online class discussions.

An online course requires that students have a certain degree of self-discipline. It’s best not to procrastinate. There may be the occasional Internet server error or other technical difficulties that require you to meet a challenging deadline. And you may have to schedule your course around daily activities. But anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Everest University Online    

Everest University offers practical online degree programs that allow you to make your educational mark in a friendly online environment. You can choose to pursue a degree in accounting, business, computer information science, criminal justice, homeland security or paralegal. You get to choose when and where you study. You set your schedule.

Contact Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, to find out more about the programs offered and class start dates.

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