Tips to Achieve Success as an Online Student

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

Discipline and good time-management skills separate students who thrive in a demanding online degree program versus those who just get by. In self-paced online programs, the faster you master the materials, the sooner you will graduate. Follow these tips to give yourself every opportunity for success.

  • Manage Your Time: Many students who opt for an online degree program do so because of the flexibility it offers. Determine how long it will take to complete assignments, and carve out time in your day to do so. Let your family and friends know you can’t tolerate interruptions or distractions.
  • Create a Space: Sitting in a classroom tells your brain that it’s time to learn. Set aside space in your house or go to the public library and establish a spot where you’ll complete your online degree coursework. Make sure you have everything you need to do your work.
  • Reach Out: Pursuing an online degree doesn’t mean you’re isolated or alone. If you have a question about the material, email your professor and ask. Join the available social networks and communities within the school where you and other students can go to support one another.