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Whether you are working full-time, raising a family, or looking to get into a new industry, online classes are a convenient and flexible option for busy adults wanting to continue their education with the freedom to do it on their schedule. How do you get the most out of an online class? How do you make sure that you don’t miss out on any opportunities? Read these five tips to help get the most out of your online courses.

Engage:

This may seem obvious, but being actively engaged in an online course will go a long way. It is true that you get as much out of the course as the effort you put in! Set aside specific time blocks to dedicate to your online course throughout the week.

Save your coursework for future interviews:

Ever been caught off guard in an interview when the employer asked about a project you are proud of or a problem you overcame? Why not show them? Students at DU have access to a free DU Portfolio where you can post a bio, upload projects, papers, presentations, your resume, publications, etc., to access even after you graduate. You can also make it public and send to future employers to view.

Bring your work to class with you:

Want to impress your boss? Take advantage of the diverse skill sets of the people and resources in your class to help you solve a work issue. Utilize not only your instructor but your classmates who have had experience in the industry and have faced similar issues. Not only will this impress your boss, but it will give you a good case when proposing or using tuition reimbursement.

Network:

These days it’s not always what you know, but who you know. In your class, you are surrounded by ambitious people from a variety of companies, positions, and experiences. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about a new industry, ask someone about how they got where they are, or find a mentor in the industry you are in or want to be in.

Take advantage of student resources:

As a DU student, you have access to a multitude of resources to help you complete your program and find a job after! You have a dedicated advisor, orientation and writing workshops, the Writing Center, the library, and Career Services. To learn more about each of these resources, take a look at our blog post “Get to Know These 5 Great Resources.”

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