First Day of Class Jitters

For college students all over the country, the first day of classes can be exciting, nerve wracking and a little scary. But being prepared can help you cut down your anxiety—and it can set you up for a good start to your semester.

Preparing for the first day of an online education program isn’t that much different than preparing for the first day of classes on a traditional campus; the main difference is, instead of having to plot out a way to get to each building on time, you’ll need to make sure that your classroom—whether it’s your living room or your neighborhood coffee shop—is quiet enough for you to concentrate on your studies. Still, there are a few things you’ll need to know before your first day on a virtual campus.

Packing your virtual bookbag

At CTU, almost all of the resources and course material will be available online; but you’ll still need to have them at hand when you begin your classes. Be sure that your student login works—and contact technical support immediately if you have trouble. Since your login information is, essentially, your pass to CTU’s Virtual Campus, you want to make sure that it works on your first day. Also, be sure to have a notebook and pen (or a blank Word document) at hand to make notes during your first class.

Setting a schedule

One of the advantages of online education is that it’s made with people who are already in the workforce in mind; you can study and complete assignments anytime of the day or night. But you’ll still need to craft a regular study schedule that keeps you on track every day. If you work full time or have other obligations, try to set your study schedule around your working hours, and give yourself a few hours every evening to attend classes and study. Students may need to increase this time commitment for challenging courses. If your employer allows flextime, consider taking off an hour early on days when you have class to give yourself a little extra time to switch gears.

Introducing yourself

One of the drawbacks to taking courses online is that you won’t be bumping into classmates in the halls between classes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t befriend classmates and start building a professional network. CTU’s Virtual Campus is designed to help you make connections with your instructors and fellow students via e-mail, chat and social networking communities. You can have a full and rewarding social life and make friends, all through your online education—just introduce yourself.

Your first day as a student on a virtual campus might be a little hectic at first—but CTU is dedicated to helping you get through your first day and the rest of your educational career with as few problems as possible. Take a little time to prepare for your classes, and you can step into a welcoming atmosphere when you log on for the first time.

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