Now that you’ve made the decision to go back to school, learn how to succeed in your online career program. More and more school programs are moving to online or hybrid formats in 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re set up for success by securing these five items that can help make your time in school easy and comfortable.
A Comfortable Chair & Desk Set-Up
Depending on your class schedule, you may find yourself in your home office space for several hours at a time, so finding a comfortable chair and appropriate desk will be vital to keeping you focused during your classes. You may be tempted to buy the cheapest office chair you can find online or in a store, but be sure to consider things like armrests, headrests, and other adjustable options to find the best chair for you. Likewise, choose a desk or table that’s at a comfortable height for your use, and is large enough to hold your computer, books, and other needed school supplies.
Not sure where to start? Wired recently put out an updated Work from Home Office Gear Guide with a wide price range of recommended furniture and other supplies that online college students may find useful, too. Your chair and desk isn’t just equipment, it’s the foundation of your online career program.
A Quiet Location Without Children, Pets, or Other Distractions
We get it. Going back to school is just one of many demands on a student’s daily routine. By setting aside space where you can focus completely on your studies, you’ll be more likely to learn and retain the information being presented in class. Make arrangements with other household members to keep your young children or pets occupied during class time and also, if possible, have loud household chores done during different times than your scheduled classes. This will help cut down on distractions so you can focus on your studies.
A Compatible Computer
One of the most important items you’ll need to succeed in your online career program is a compatible computer. At CCI Training, we have all the information you’ll need to determine if your computer is ready for online classes. Still not sure? Contact us for a detailed run-down of your device. CCI Training staff is able to assist qualified students with loaner computers for the duration of their education with us.
Your Online Career Program Needs a Fast and Reliable Internet Connection
Now that you’ve got a compatible computer, you’ll want to make sure you can make the most of it and your studies with a fast and reliable internet connection and router. Most broadband providers in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex offer speeds and equipment that are acceptable for online classes. If you’re still unsure, you can run a speed test on your computer and discuss your results or concerns with us. CCI Training Center also offers payment assistance for high-speed internet access for qualified students.
A Calendar (Online or Offline) to Help Manage Your Time
Be sure to use a calendar of your choice to block out your class time, as well as the time needed to complete assignments. Online calendars can be a great tool to keep you from overbooking your time and to receive reminders of your class start time. Keeping track of your schedule during school time can help you succeed greatly in your online career program.
More Online Career Program Resources to Succeed
Still not quite sure about online or hybrid learning? When thinking about the items needed to succeed in an online career program, we’ve put together a more thorough list to help you decide if online learning is right for you. We also have a five-step guide to help you develop great study habits in order to achieve your goals. Happy learning!