• Are You Ready
  • Are you ready for online learning?

    Online learning is flexible and convenient. It is a natural fit for combining education with the busy life of working adults and their families. However, returning to academics after years of working can be intimidating. Here are some considerations to help you determine if you are ready for online coursework.

    Do you manage your time well?
    Time management is a major factor in succeeding in online courses. How many hours a week can you dedicate to school? Can you establish a set schedule for coursework? If you have only a few hours to spend on academics, you might want to take one class at a time (a full online course load is two classes per term). Reserve time for your courses, and you will succeed.

    Are you committed to your online experience?
    Successful online students are proactive in their studies and take responsibility for their own learning. Are you highly motivated and self-disciplined? Are you a self-starter? If you have the desire, you can do it!

    Will you participate?
    Your courses will often use discussion boards. Contribute your ideas, perspective and comments on the subject you are studying, and read those of your peers’. You can gain great insight from your peers, and they can learn from you. Communicating with peers and faculty will also give you a sense of being connected to your classes. Online does not mean alone. Enjoy the others in your classes and school will be even more rewarding.

    Do you have basic computer skills?
    Are you comfortable sending emails and browsing the internet? Can you attach documents to your emails? Can you install software on your computer? Do you have a reliable computer and internet connection? While you do not need to be a computer expert, having basic skills will make your online experience easier.

    Will you ask questions?
    Your online professor cannot see you, so you need to speak up when you need help. Our online faculty wants you to succeed. Ask them, and they will help you. Students can also ask online advisor for help with topics that go beyond the classroom. Advisors can address questions related to course scheduling, changing programs, and other student issues. UWA has dedicated online advisors who are here to help you from the start of your program to the finish. You will have support!