If you have considered furthering your education through an online program, you may be nervous about what this type of learning format is like or wonder whether you would be able to manage the demands of life as an online learner.

You might be relieved to know that many students find the online learning environment easier to navigate than they expected. This is especially true if they have spent some time in advance taking steps to set themselves up for success.

To get you started, we’ve compiled some resources and tips that may help.

Get organized and strengthen your time management skills. Learning how to manage your time efficiently is critical as an online learner. You are likely juggling numerous other roles and responsibilities and may have limited time to devote to studying and completing your course assignments. Establishing a consistent, structured routine will help, especially if you can block off time devoted solely to focusing on school work in a quiet environment without distractions. Review these time management essentials for online learners.

Learn about the support services available to you. At Penn State World Campus, we are dedicated to supporting students through every step of their academic journey, from submitting the initial application to completing their courses and all the way through to the point when they earn their diploma or certificate — and even beyond, when they can maintain a lifelong connection to their fellow Penn Staters by joining the Penn State Alumni Association. Learn more about the services available to current and prospective students.

Find out about our efforts to support accessibility. Ensuring all of our courses are accessible for every student is a top priority, and we strive to establish an inclusive and functional learning environment that works for everyone. Get details about our commitment to accessibility.  

Become familiar with the online learning experience. Starting out as a new student won’t seem so intimidating if you have an idea of what to expect. Find out what the online learning experience is like.

Get answers to common questions. We’ve compiled an FAQ in which we answer some of the questions prospective students commonly have, including “What’s the first day of classes like?” and “How do I interact with my classmates and instructor?” 

As always, we are here to help and are eager to answer any other questions you may have. Contact us if we can provide any information to help you feel confident about your ability to thrive and succeed as an online learner.