If you wanted to take a college class just a few years ago, you would have had to go to a physical classroom setting, but now, more and more schools are giving people the opportunity to take courses at home by mail. Here are some tips on how to succeed in college courses at home through the mail.
Find out from your school counselor how to register for a college course through the mail and then register for the class. Be sure to have access to the Internet, as you may have to submit assignments online. Your original materials will come in the mail.
Schedule a time to read and complete assignments. It can be easy to put off course reading for a college course you are taking through the mail, but it is important to set aside time each day to work on assignments.
Designate a study area. Select an area where you can read and study your course readings and assignments, such as a quiet area in your home or a private room or desk in the library. For optimal study conditions, choose an area away from talking and other distractions such as soda machines or entrances.
Find a tutor. Taking college courses at home can sometimes be difficult because you don't have other classmates to talk with if you don't understand something. Consider emailing or calling the professor and asking for a tutor who may be able to help you with any questions or assignments.
Consult the professor. If you have questions, do not be afraid to ask the professor for help. Just because you are taking the course by mail does not mean the instructor is not available to assist you. Once you have mailed or emailed your assignment to your professor, confirm that the assignment was received.
- Have someone proofread your assignments before submitting them for a grade.
- Do not put off assignments until the last minute. Procrastinating will lead to stress, which will reduce the quality of your work and may result in a lower grade than if you would have paced yourself.
Shannon Steen-Larsen earned a bachelor's degree in marriage, family, and human development, with a minor in business management. She loved to write in school and has been writing for Demand Studios for over a year. She has her own blog and also writes for online networks including SheSpeaks, SheBlogs, Family Review Network, Mom Central, MyBlogSpark, Team Mom, and One2One Network.