Back to School Success for Non-Traditional Students

Karen Watts, Instructor and Trainer at Bellingham Technical College Business Department and Tutoring Center, writes about back to school success for non-traditional students in a two-part article (Back to School: Success Tips for Non-Traditional Students) for

Part 1 touches on two concerns facing students: 1) the cost of education and 2) course selection and time management.

Part 2 looks at some misconceptions of online learning. Many people still assume that online learning is easier than face-to-face classes. “Online students need excellent time management skills and a great degree of internal motivation. Solid reading comprehension and writing skills are a must for most subjects taught online.”

Technology skills are also necessary for successful online learning. Watts has these tips for online students:

  • Honestly assess your computer and time management skills as well as learning style before registering for an online class
  • Do a technology check before the class starts to make sure you have the hardware and software you need to access the course and create documents
  • Create a technology emergency plan identifying how you will access the class if your home computer or Internet connection crashes
  • Develop a routine where you organize your files for classes in one drive and regularly back them up in a second drive

Read both articles using the links above!