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It’s natural to wonder how returning to school will be, especially if you’re returning after a long break or learning online for the first time. It’s true that online courses require self-discipline and time management, but thousands of EVMS Online graduates have done it, and you can too.
Successful online learners are:
- Able to learn independently with support
- Disciplined about finishing class work
- Comfortable with technology
- Proficient readers with good comprehension
- Comfortable communicating online with professors and peers
- Adept in self-advocacy, time management, and harnessing personal motivation
Traditional vs. online learning
Unlike traditional classrooms, online courses are more convenient. For most online courses, you’ll be able to log into Blackboard, access your lectures and homework assignments, and work on them when it is most convenient for you.
Some online learners make the mistake of letting coursework go “out of sight, out of mind”, and others report missing that dynamic personal connection which is often found in face-to-face environments. There is no denying that online learning is different from traditional, but different is not inherently bad! EVMS Online instructional designers work with faculty to bring dynamic engagement opportunities to enrich the connections online, making the online platform as dynamic as possible.
The expectations for online courses are the same as traditional: complete your assignments, work in teams, demonstrate a passion for learning, and communicate with others. There are a few skills, like managing your time, and working “smarter” not “harder” at learning, that can help you become a better online student.
Getting a strong start
When you attend EVMS Online, you'll participate in an orientation that is designed to make sure you are prepared to be successful.