This is an intensive 16 week course in which you should spend 15-20 hours a week on each lesson. While this sounds like a lot of time, keep in mind that if this were a regular classroom setting you would spend 5 hours a week in the classroom and approximately 10 hours a week preparing for the class meetings.
One of the major advantages of taking a course via the internet is that it is time and place independent. This means that you can "attend class" at anytime at home, work, school, or elsewhere. The drawback of this advantage is that most students on the internet have a hard time "attending class" on a regular basis partly because they don't fully understand the concept of learning via the internet. Learning on the internet is very similar to taking an independent study course or correspondence course. To be successful in either of these two course methods you need to establish good study skill habits. The same is also true of internet courses. The following habits will help you become a successful internet student:
- Do at least one lesson a week.
- Try to do all of your online work and study in the same place.
- Establish a schedule of when you will be online and when you will study. Stick to that schedule.
- Schedule your learning when you will not be interupted. If at work, this may mean having to close the door to your office, telling people you are not available, or posting a do not disturb sign on your door.
- Schedule your online time so that you will be online 2-3 times a week. This is important for a number of reasons. Your instructor may be sending you email which you need for your work.
- Each time you go to your lesson, click the refresh or reload button on your browser to make sure you are getting the latest updates.